Czecho-Slovakia Violin c 1918-1930

The overall tone and playability of this violin is very good. The high end is particularly sweet to listen to, and not sharp sounding like many violins. This means that a student will enjoy learning on it as they will enjoy the sound of it. A sharp high end can put students off playing high notes, but in this case the high notes are very pleasant to listen to. The lower end is not quite as clear as the top, but has warmth and sweetness to it, making it utterly pleasant to play. 

This violin isn’t the loudest violin in the world, so would suit an intermediate – advanced student who is gaining their confidence. This instrument would be able to handle Grades 5-8 so would be a great first full size violin for a teenager who has earned their stripes. A quiet violin can be a great thing for a student as often students are put off practising out of fear of disturbing their neighbours.

The action is set at a very agreeable height, meaning that the strings are not too high and therefore it is easy to play in the higher positions. At first I struggled a little not to catch the other strings, which I think is due to them being slightly closer together than on my own violin. This means that the violin would suit someone with smaller hands and nimble fingers.

This violin would suit someone who prefers playing more melodic, romantic music more than someone who wants to play super fast semiquavers all day.

Ursula Donnelly Violin Teacher and Professional Violinist: Bollywood Violin School Nottingham

Repair Notes

This violin needed a small crack repair to the face under the tailpiece, and the end block inside the violin required a crack repair using a pine cleat-suture hide glued into place. The crack was hide-glued and repaired using two very traditional small parchment patches. It had clearly been played a great deal and was so scuffed up I gave it a very thin coat of matching red German spirit varnish which was then burnished back carefully so that the scratches are covered but the original red varnish shines through beautifully. It is now a very solid instrument.

The Violin is a Maggini copy and so has double purfling. In the video as you can see it was set up Hills-style tuner on the E-string. I decided to change this to make the violin more suitable for a student by instead adding a new German Wittner tailpiece with integral fine tuners on all the strings.

These are quite rare violins today and sought after by those in the know looking for a solid bargain.

All purfling is added to violins, in part, to add minute bounce flexibility to the top when being played. The double purfling makes the top a little more, in theory but if anything in reality it will be at the microscopic level, bouncy than a normal violin, which is the exact effect Maggini was looking for and which makes these violins so sweetly characterful.

A bridge was especially made for this violin. And a new sound-post was made and fitted in the optimal position.

It is a very responsive violin across all strings and very easy and pleasing to play. I think this is a great antique/vintage violin for a collector, someone returning to the violin after some time or for the student progressing to their next violin after starting out on a standard Chinese student violin, such as a Stentor.

The violin is fitted with a new set of Thomastic Infeld Vienna Alphayou synthetic core strings and a German Witner composite tailpiece with integral fine tuners. In the video it was played with only one fine tuner on the e-string. However, as it is a student violin I felt it best to put on the Witner tailpiece for easier and faster tuning of all four strings.


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