Archive for the ‘Student 3/4 size violins’ Category

French Medio Fino C20th Violin (FULL SIZE)

March 17, 2022

Professional violinist and violin teacher Ursula Donnelley plays and reviews a full size (4/4) French Medio Fino violin 1940-1970s violin.

Ursula Donnelly playing a 20th century French Medio Fino full size violin

My first impressions of this violin were very good. I felt like it has the propensity to be a great instrument for an advanced student and would be suitable for Grade 8. 

The overall tone is smooth, clean and well balanced from the low to high end, with a middling tone that is neither overly bright or overly muted. 

The violin is easy to play in the higher positions which makes it well suited to playing more advanced pieces of classical music. There were no extra noises (squeaks, buzzes) which supports this.

When I first looked at it I did wonder if the D and A strings were a little farther apart than the other strings but I didn’t notice that when I was playing it.

This is certainly more of a classical instrument than a folk instrument. If you’re looking for an affordable instrument that will take you to Grade 8 level, this model is a safe bet. 

Dr Mike Sutton’s repair and restoration notes

When this French violin entered my little repair shop a look thorough the f-hole revealed it has an old browned paper label reading “Medio Fino” Made in France. Typical of some medio fino French violins it has a plain maple back with no flaming and the same for the ribs and scroll. There was a crack in the peg box so I first very securly glued this and then fitted the violin with a set of Wittner composite fine tune pegs that remain fixed in place because a small gear inside the peg turns to tighten the string. Unlike traditional tapered wood pegs these pegs put no strain on the pegbox and no fine tuners are required on the tailpiece, not even on the e-string. They are excellent and so easy to use.

The violin came to me because in the past it has had a “sound post crack” and it suffered some damage on its left shoulder. I took the top (table/face) off the violin and found the sound post crack had long ago been securely glued and was holding up perfectly. Nevertheless, I added two “old school” hot hide glued parchment cleats to the underside of crack just to make it extra secure. The damaged shoulder was hot hide glued and clamped. Another hot hide glued parchment cleat was added under the damaged shoulder.

After the face was glued (with traditional hot hide glue) securely back onto the violin the damaged shoulder was further repaired by adding and hot hide gluing into place slithers of violin table grade European spruce wood. The repair was then finished with a seal of shellac sealer and varnished with several coats of the correct shade of spirit varnish (imported especially form Germany).

The fingerboard of this violin had seen some good use and so was re-dressed with the correct luthier tool to ensure the strings all depressed perfectly as on the day it was made.

I fitted the violin with a high grade sound post and high grade maple Korolia bridge, perfectly fitted and then tuned to the violin. It is strung (as are many of my violins) with high quality Pirastro Tonica synthetic core strings.

These plain looking understated violins have a reputation for being excellent student models well suited to take a student to pass their Grade 8 ABRSM exam. This sustainable rescued violin is now perfectly set up for easy and trouble free playing.


Full Size Czechoslovakian 1940-60s Violin

March 17, 2022

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Professional violinist and violin teacher Ursula Donnelley plays and reviews a full size (4/4) Czechoslovakian violin.

I borrowed this violin last week whilst Dr Sutton was repairing my violin. At first he asked me to try it to see if I felt it was too bright. I much prefer a bright sounding instrument (on the loud side) to a muted instrument, as I am a soloist and have played violin in loud rock bands, so like an instrument that can be heard from miles away. I told him that I would be happy to play it for a few days.

I love the bold sound, especially on the lower end, and think this would suit someone who wanted to play folk music, particularly the Klezmer/Gypsy style I was performing when I made the video. If you’re in a loud band with a set of drums and want a violin that can stand out in this scenario, this one would be very good.

At the same time, the instrument would suit a confident intermediate classical student. You need to be confident as it is so bright – it is certainly not an instrument that blends in – but I would have liked this when I was a student as I always wanted to be louder than everyone else.

One of the downsides of brightness of tone in a violin is that it can be a lot harder to mask any mistakes or squeaks that come from catching strings, however if played well it is an excellent instrument for a player that wants to stand out from the rest.

Restoration notes by Dr Mike Sutton

This violin had no damage when I bought it. It has been knocked about a bit in the hands of players down the years and picked up a few scuffs to the varnish. In most case I would cover up such scratches and scruffs and blend them in carefully. In the case of this violin I opted merely to give then a very light covering in varnish and then smooth that off with my special formula of polishing compound. The violin looks quite nice in this state of patina preservation. I fitted it with a set of Pirastro Tonica syntehtic core strings, a nice alloy lightweight tailpiece with integral fine tuners, a new bridge fitted and tuned to the violin and a new high quality sound post.

This student violin has an original 20th century brown paper label inside that reads “Antonius Stradivarius Ceremonious Faciebat Anno 1721” Of course, that simply means only that it is just a tribute/copy of the Strad model.

This violin is rather loud and bright. In fact surprisingly so. As Ursula Donnelley writes above (and she should know because she has played violin in a band) this violin would suit a band violin player, a busker or travelling player. Not being in pristine condition the owner should not worry too much about it picking up additional knocks, scruffs and scratches. Alternatively, this model it’s a great budget-buy yet very capable violin for a student who wants to be heard.

Superb sounding 3/4 JTL Mirecourt French Violin

March 17, 2022

Professional violinist and violin teacher Ursula Donnelley plays and reviews a lovely rescued and significantly repaired and restored antique C19th Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy (JTL) French Mirecourt made 3/4 sized Medio Fino violin.

I loved this violin the moment I started playing it. I lie. I loved this violin from the moment I tuned it. The tone is gorgeous and it was very easy to play. In fact I didn’t want to stop playing it.

As it is a 3/4 size violin it would be suited to a child of approx age 8-12, and therefore not suitable to an adult player. If you have a particularly gifted child who is looking for a 3/4 size instrument that they could perform more advanced music on, this is a perfect model.

As an added bonus, Dr Sutton has fitted it with geared tuning pegs which makes it very easy to tune. I chose geared tuning pegs for my own instrument as I found that during the short intervals between songs at the performances I do at weddings, I can retune the instrument quickly and subtlety

Repair and restoration notes by Dr Mike Sutton

This violin came into my workshop in the most dreadful state. The pegbox had been cracked in two and was held together by an old iron screw. The nut (at the top of the fingerboard) looked like it had been furnished by Shrek on a very bad day. Someone had also rammed a far too long sound post into it, warping the top and cracking it rather severely around the f-hole region.

I undertook repairing the patient as conservatively as possible. I opted to glue rather than add cheek patches to the peg box. But that choice meant the best thing to do, in my opinion, was to fit the instrument with Wittener composite geared pegs. These pegs do not work in the traditional manner that involves a tapered ebony wood peg being forced into the maple wood peg box to hold the peg in place whilst tuning. Instead they are fixed in static place. When turned the entire peg itself does not move as is the case with traditional pegs. What moves is a small geared sub-section of the peg. This means the pegs put zero strain on the peg box. These pegs are brilliant because no fine tuners are required (not even on the e-string), they act as the fine tuners and tune ever so finely and easily. I believe that if this technology existed back in the C17th century then they would be traditional and the first choice of all musicians and makers.

The table (face/top) of the violin was removed in the repair process. The cracks were all traditionally hot hide glued and then reinforced ultra-conservatively with the “old-school” method of using hot hide glued genuine parchment cleats to serve as sutures. Elsewhere, it was necessary to re-build some serious cosmetic damage by carefully adding some violin quality European spruce slithers to re-build the damage by using violin-grade European spruce wood. The repaired area was then sealed with traditional shellac sealer and then covered with several coats of matching German spirit varnish (specially imported). The repairs were then hand finished using my own formula.

The violin has been fitted with a new high quality bridge and sound post both perfectly fitted and tuned to the instrument.

The repair of what was otherwise a totally wrecked violin has not made this instrument’s scars completely disappear. However, in my opinion they add great character to the instrument as a living testimony to its value as a violin that has been through the wars and remained worth repairing. When I play this instrument it conjures up images of rich Christmas puddings in my mind. Most fittingly, I think the correct term for such a violin sound is “sumptuous”.

This JTL violin sounds great now but will get even better with regular playing. It’s all set to go for the next 300 years or more.

Maidstone Full Size Violin (4/4)

March 17, 2022

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Ursula Donnelley plays and reviews another Maidstone full size 4/4 antique violin.

This violin has a bright, gritty sound and characteristic of most of the Maidstone violins I have reviewed so far, which make excellent folk instruments. If you are looking for an instrument that is well suited to folk music, of an affordable instrument that would take you to an intermediate to advanced level, this particular make of instrument will do you justice.

I found the instrument to be quite easy to play although my bow bounced a little on the strings at first. However this is not uncommon when you play an instrument that is new to you for the first time. Having listened back to the recording I made, I didn’t notice it as much and the sound was better than it seemed when I was playing it.

The chin rest is quite unusual in that is is very small but also very comfortable. A lot of violins come with huge chin rests that cause the player to get jaw pain, but this one is designed to be as unobstructive as possible.

Overall I found the tone to be pleasant across the entire range of the instrument. Although it doesn’t have the cleanest sound in the world, I do think it is very well suited to folk music and would make a folk musician very happy. It is also perfectly adequate for an intermediate level student looking for a step up from a factory made violin.

Repair and refurbishment notes by Mike Sutton

This is a typical sounding early C20th Maidstone violin. The violin is in very nice condition for an antique student violin. When it came into my workshop there was no structural damage but it had not been played for several decades. After a thorough gentle cleaning with my special formula, I gave it a new modern wider diameter top quality sound post, gave it a set of excellent sounding Pirastro Tonica synthetic core strings and a Wittner lightweight composite tailpiece with integral fine tuners, fitted an antique chinrest. I made a new bridge from top quality aged maple, thinned it to the correct gradients, fitted it and then tuned it to the violin.

A Modern 3/4 Size Stentor II Violin Fitted With Piastro Tonica Strings

May 6, 2021
Stentor II 3/4 Size With Pirastro Tonica Strings. Played by Ursula Donnelley of Mapperley Park Nottingham.

This violin provides teachers, students and parents with a good baseline against which to compare more expensive antique and vintage student violins.

Nottingham based professional violin teacher Ursula Donnelley, who reviewed this set up of a standard 3/4 sized Stentor writes:

‘Stentor is about as standard of a new starter violin that you can get. They usually come with some equally standard violin strings. Dr Sutton has replaced these strings with Pirastros, which are very nice strings. I was intrigued to hear what the result would be as I don’t think I have ever heard this combination.

When I played this first, I felt it had a thin but consistent sound. However, listening back to the recording, the sound is much better from the listener’s perspective. Usually Stentors do have a thin sound, so I believe the difference is down to the better quality strings.

I used a full size bow which bounced a little bit particularly in the higher positions. However, if you were to use a 3/4 size violin bow, which is lighter, this would most likely remedy the situation.

I found the fine tuners rather stiff, but I was able to tune the instrument from the main tuning pegs. This could be fixed very easily I believe so perhaps this is something Mike will be able to adjust.

Overall, for a new starter age 9-12, (due to the 3/4 size), this violin would be a great choice for those looking for quality on a budget.

Although Stentor are standard, they are also perfectly adequate new starter violins. With the added benefit of decent strings, this makes the violin sound just that bit nicer which will keep the student more interested in playing.’

Dr Sutton’s Notes On This Setup for Teachers, Students and Parents

Interesting to see how the Stentor II performed in Ursula Donnelly’s review with the better strings. I think this setup provides a good and honest point of comparison for parents on a budget. I reckon all violin shops should always lay one out set up like this next to the violin they want the parents to pay more for. Ursula’s excellent video provides a virtual version of such an exercise and the written review she proves above will help with such comparisons. In effect, a second hand 3/4 Stentor can be purchased on eBay around £35 plus a set of Tonica strings can be bought from Amazon around £25-£30) = a £60 violin that sounds better than a new Stentor.

In fact, following consultation with Ursula, I would actually recommend a Stentor be fitted with Thomastic Infeld Vienna Alphayue strings. These are warmer and cheaper, and I think longer lasting, than Pirastro Tonica strings. Again, I recommend Amazon as the place to buy them at a good price if you are able to fit them yourself.

At some point soon I’ll re-string the Stentor II in the collection with those and provide a further useful comparison.

Donated Violins

April 28, 2021

As a collector and hobbyist restorer of antique and vintage violins, I sometimes acquire modern student violins in need of restoration or repair. Unless they are rare, or otherwise unusual “freaks” of unexpected exceptional sound for a modern student violin, I give these violins away to less well off parents and to professional music teachers to do the same with them, as they see fit.

The violins sometimes required me to undertake a major repair. Otherwise they simply required a properly fitted bridge, sound post, tailpiece, strings etc. I set them all up to maximise their sound and playability as a student violin.

I insert an additional label of my own devising into each of these violins. With the year added to the label e.g 2021.

Blank Sartorial labels

This page of Super Student violins contains a record of all such donated violins.

The Sartorial Violin No 1.

This violin was donated (29 April 2021) to a Nottingham Music teacher, to give away, to a student as she sees fit.

The Sartorial violin. No 1

The above violin was given a major (had to be glued and cleated) repair to a crack on the table – close to the bass bar. New sound post, vintage bridge fitted, vintage tailpiece and fine tuners and vintage chinrest. This is now a fully repaired and restored, upscaled with vintage parts, Gear 4 Music 3/4 size violin all ready to be loved and played by a novice student.

Music Teacher Ursula Donnelly kindly offers these donated violins to potential students – for free!

The Sartorial Violin No. 2.

Donated (29 April 2021) to a professional music teacher to give to a student

The Sartorial No. 2

The above violin sounds nice for a budget violin. It has rather high arching under the bridge. Fitted out with antique tailpiece and vintage fine tuners. New sound post and original bridge adjusted and tuned to the violin. All ready for a new owner to appreciate it as their first violin.

The Sartorial Violin No. 3

This violin was donated to the parents of a six year old on 28 April 2021.

The Sartorial Violin No 3

The above violin was given away on 28th April 2021 to a Hungarian family I know who have made Nottingham in the UK their home. Their son is continually expressing a keen interest in becoming a violinist – he is currently at the age of 6.

I gave them this 1/2 size Romanian violin today, after I fitted it with a recycled tailpiece with re-cycled fine tuners, a new sound post, new A-string fitted and a recycled chinrest.

The violin was made in Romania in Reghin (Viora). It is a 1/2 size. Stamped on the inside label 1993. Serial no: C.1. 741 6. with the description “STANDARD 1/2”. The violin has a medium grain spruce top with maple back and maple ribs. The purfling is either printed on or is a transfer under the sprayed on varnish. The varnish is very tough. No matter what I tried with the bridge tuning to make the violin more mellow, and sound post positioning, and swapping in and out changes in sound post thickness, little did all that do to significantly tone down the harshness of the A-Sting, when played as an open string. The open A-string being incredibly loud under the player’s ear and harsh/shrill. The best result was obtained by way of compromise that required inserting a narrower sound post and moving the bridge forward from the classical position some 2.5 to 3mm.

I marked on the table of the violin, indicators for where the usual position should be, in case someone in the future might want to set it up with good quality synthetic core strings that will most likely solve the open A-string issue. However, were they to do so, the cost of a buying a set of student synthetic core strings (some £23-£35) would be equal or even more than the current re-sale value of this budget violin. Crazy, isn’t it!

A very good 3/4 size Maidstone violin Ref: 🎼

April 16, 2021

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This violin has a beautiful, rich, full tone. This means that the player can get some serious volume from the instrument. It’s quality is such that it would be suitable for an intermediate player who wants to be able to tackle more challenging pieces (Grade 4-6). As they improve and progress to buy better quality instruments accordingly, It would make a great second or third purchased violin for a child of age 9-12.

It could really do justice to folk music, as it has a gritty, resonant, bright tone. Alternatively, due to it’s slightly higher action, it is good for more rhythmic music. 

The action (string height) is a little high for me. Also, due to its smaller (3/4) size,the strings are closer together than on a full size. Resultantly, I struggled not to catch the other strings with my fingers more than I have done on other 3/4 size violins. However, this violin is designed for a child to play so naturally, a child will not have this problem.

Where a high action can be useful is when playing very fast, rhythmic pieces. Therefore I have made two sound samples – one of some melodic folk music, and the other of something more rhythmic. If someone wanted to play very fast, furious baroque semi-quavers all day, the action would probably help them. I play a lot of melodic music when I perform and so I intrinsically prefer a low action, but if you are into faster pieces of music, this could be the violin for you!

Ursula Donnelley: Professional Violin Teacher and Performance Violinist

History, repair and refurbishment notes

This violin came into my workshop with a historically repaired crack on its face. The location of the crack suggests it was most likely caused by a student shutting the violin case hard when the bow was laying across the violin, rather than stored correctly. A careful check revealed the historic repair is very sound and strong. The violin was then very carefully cleaned and finally gently polished with Hindersine violin polish. A quality Baush bridge was fitted. The instrument was then fitted with a new sound post, carefully set in the optimal position.

This violin comes with it original tail piece, fitted with Witner fine tuners and its original Bakerlite chinrest. The violin is fitted with good quality Ascenti synthetic core stings.

As with most fractional size Maidstone student violins, this antique instrument has its share of characterful dings and scratches (although no where near as many as some in my collection), which I have endeavoured to conservatively blend hem in to the original varnish finish with high quality German spirit varnish.

The violin has a lovely dark brown (rather like a shiny conker) varnish.

This nice little instrument is ready to play.

Dr Mike Sutton (Violin collector, repairer, restorer and patron of the arts)

A lively, red, 3/4 size Maidstone violin. Ref ♯

April 16, 2021

Ursula Donnelley Plays a red Maidstone 3/4 Size Student Violin

This violin is a real singer and packs a punch as well.  At first I tried to play some baroque music on it but something called me to play something more mellow and it just hit the spot. It’s got volume and sweetness, which is a nice all rounder combination. If I was going to play on this, I’d reserve it for melodic pieces with a lot of heart. 

It’s quality and 3/4 size means it’s about right for a violin student roughly age 9-13 who wants a decent instrument to learn the intermediate grades on (3-6). It has a nice sound and is set up well, so very playable. As you will most likely not want to invest too much for a 3/4 size, as it won’t last forever, this instrument is a great compromise insofar as it shouldn’t cost the earth but will do justice to the intermediate to advanced grades.

Although I did find it buzzed a little at first, the more I played it, the more the buzz settled down. I imagine this could be easily fixed though as this is usually due to something being loose on the instrument. 

It was quite playable although the tone was sweeter on the lower end and the upper end a little on the harsh side. Despite this, I could get a really nice tone from it and really enjoyed playing it.

Ursula Donnelley (Professional Violin Teacher)

History, repair and refurbishment notes

Bearing the Maidstone Schools Orchestra Association Label, this violin is one of the last of the series of Maidstone violins made for the Murdoch violin company. Made sometime between the first and second world wars it has a bright red original varnish which is an untypical colour compared to the vast of the majority of Maidstone violins, which tend to be either very light or else very dark brown. Due to its later date, and colour of the varnish, I suspect this violin might just possibly have been made in Bohemia for the Murdoch company, rather than Saxony (Germany), where most were made. But it’s impossible to know.

The instrument has a relatively flat table (top/face) in the Stradivarius style, which will account for some of its lively sound. Many 3/4 size Maidstone’s have a higher arched table, some significantly higher than others. Clearly, Maidstone violins are far form being all the same.

The violin has suffered no cracks in it’s time, but like most fractional sized Maidstone student violins it has many knocks, dings and scratches on its wood and varnish. I have endeavoured to re-touch many of these with very high quality spirit varnish, specially imported form Germany, of the correct shade.

I refurbished this violin with Dominant, synthetic core strings, a Zest bridge, fitted and then tuned to the instrument, and a new sound post, correctly fitted and optimally positioned. It comes with it’s original ebony tailpiece, fitted with high quality German Witner fine tuners. The instrument retains its original Bakerlite chinrest.

NOTE: In my opinion, the buzz identified by Ursula Connelly was most likely caused by two lose fine tuners (Annoyingly, I never tightened them properly when I fitted them). The violin will be re assessed now the culprit of the buzz may have been detected and may have been cured. This is why I feel it is important to have student violins properly assessed by being played and thoroughly studied by an expert third party .

Dr Mike Sutton (Violin collector, repairer, restorer and patron of the arts)

A Very Nice 3/4 Maidstone student violin: Ref: ♪

April 16, 2021
Ursula Donnelly professionally assesses this Maidstone 3/4 size violin

I thoroughly enjoyed playing this violin. The tone calls out to me. It’s got a mystical sort of feel to it, lying somewhere between serene and gritty – a very expressive instrument for an expressive player.

Due to being a 3/4 size, it would best suit a child of about age 8-12, at the intermediate level of learning. It’s a great 2nd or 3rd instrument for a young person who is advancing into grades 4-6 range. It would do justice to more advanced pieces whilst being small enough to suit a child of the age suggested.

The violin is set up well which means that it is very easy to play. I did not struggle to get a clear sound out of it, and it was very easy to gauge the correct angle for the string and not to catch other strings. This is a rarity on eBay as the majority of sellers do not have expertise in this area and so you would need to get it set up by a professional anyway.

I love the low/mid range although the high end is also pleasant to the ear. There is something magical about the tone of the lowest G string when playing ‘double stopped’ chords. It sort of rumbles and brings to mind folk music of the British Isles. In fact, it would make a fantastic folk instrument. However, it can also do justice to a classical student.
It is not the cleanest sounding instrument in the world, but it has heart! For the price, it is an absolute steal and very pleasant to play. The tone is phenomenal for the price, the set up optimal and Dr Sutton has included some pretty decent sounding synthetic core strings. What’s not to love?

Ursula Donnelly, Professional Violin Teacher, Nottingham, England

This violin is available to buy. Details on my website HERE

History, repair and refurbishment notes

As you will read on this site many times ‘not all Maidstone (Murdoch) violins are the same’. This particular Maidstone violin is, in my opinion, one of the really good little ones, which give these violins such a solid name amongst violin teachers in the know.

Made in Saxony (Germany) at the end of the 19th century, or beginning of the 20th, this instrument has all the signs of having been played extensively through several generations of keen young musicians over the past 100 years. The vanish and wood carry many scars from knocks, dings and scratches. I have endeavored to sympathetically touch these in with specially imported high quality violin spirit varnish from Germany, of the correct shade. The result is that this lovely conker brown instrument demonstrates it’s playability qualities with the proof of the extent it has been played and enjoyed by students down the years. In my opinion, it simply oozes depth of character in playability, sound and antique looks.

When it came into my small workshop the violin had a minor crack opening up close to its tailpiece and a couple of further minor cracks on its face at the saddle end of the instrument. Another small crack was found close to the fingerboard All the evidence suggests it had been dropped onto a hard floor. The violin was carefully opened and these cracks were traditionally hide glued and then finally fixed with spruce cleats (studs/sutures), hide glued into place, which were then thinned to provide the correct degree of repair strength and flexibility of the violin table. A new sound post was cut and fitted into the optimal position along with a new Zest bridge that was carefully fitted and then tuned to the violin. A modern light alloy tailpiece, with integral fine tuners, was fitted.

This traditionally repaired and refurbished antique student violin is set up with good quality Ascente synthetic core strings. The chin rest is the original Bakerlite model fitted to these violins. I expect this violin now sounds better than at any other time in its life.

I love the sound of this 3/4 size violin. It is just waiting for a keen student.

Being 3/4 size, the instrument is likely to be best suited to a child aged 9-12. However, 3/4 size violins also suit smaller than average teenagers, or small adults.

This violin is ready to be played and enjoyed once again.

Dr Mike Sutton, violin collector, repairer, restorer and patron of the arts.

A Little Red 3/4 Antique Saxony Violin

April 8, 2021

Professional violinist performer and violin teacher, Ursula Donnelly, plays and assesses this super little student violin in two videos below.

First video

Ursula Donnelley Plays this little red 3/4 size super student Saxony violin

Second video

This 3/4 size violin is perfect for a child of around age 9-12. I found the violin was a great all-rounder, balanced in terms of sound and playability between the high, mid and low range of notes. 

Dr Sutton has set it up optimally, meaning that it is both very easy to play and pleasant to the ear, which will ensure your child will want to actually play it. One of the biggest mistakes parents of musical children make is to buy a very cheap violin with a poor quality sound, which can put the child off of music for life. 

If your child is a good player, they will be able to get a good sound out of this instrument, which is really, really important! This means that they will be able to play the intermediate to advanced grades on this instrument without being limited by the quality of the instrument. 

The only very slight drawback of this violin is that the tone is a little thin, or reedy, in places. However, this is not unusual for a smaller violin and in comparison to what else is on the market within this price range, it sounds significantly better.

Ursula Donnelly (Bollywood Violin School)

This violin is available to buy. Details on my website HERE

History, repair and refurbishment notes

This violin is set up with a very carefully modified antique bridge, made from the very best quality aged maple that suits it it very well indeed. The bridge was carefully fitted and then tuned to the violin. A new sound post and good quality Pirastro Tonica strings complement the set up

This very pretty little student instrument was almost certainly made in Germany or possibly Bohema in the late 19th or early 20th Century. I think it is probably set up and playing better now than it has ever been throughout its life.

I spent some time trying to bring the best out of this nice little antique violin, and feel like I succeeded. It is now just waiting for a new home where it will be appreciated, played and hopefully loved by a proud owner.