At first I didn't think the label was genuine - this maker died in 1955 and in any case you would not expect to find an Italian violin at this price. But the more I l
At first I didn't think the label was genuine - this maker died in 1955 and in any case you would not expect to find an Italian violin at this price. But the more I look at it, the more I wonder. The thing is that it appears to have the standard discolouration to the varnish exactly where you would expect to find it, but in more places than anyone copying an antique violin would normally do it. If it is a new copy, it is very very well done. Could it come from the early 50s? I think it possible, perhaps, but certainly there is no guarantee on that. I think it more likely that it is simply very well done indeed. But if so, I don't know who did it or where, only that it is certainly not the standard Chinese offering, not even a high level one, unless perhaps done by a very good master luthier.
Whatever the truth, it is a very beautiful instrument, responsive and with a lovely tone.
Fitted with Pirastro Tonica strings and one adjuster but of course you can have four if you prefer.
As with many of my instruments, when it's gone it's gone.