This comes from a small Romanian workshop in Reghin. The maker worked for Hora for six months before branching out on his own. His main business however is the sale of tonewoods. This means that the violins are made of good wood. They have been finished in a rather unconventional manner with no varnish inside the pegbox. Obviously this is a cosmetic issue only.
The violin has a very well flamed back and ebony fingerboard. It is unlabelled. If I decide to import these regularly they will have my own label (and will cost a lot more)
I asked the repairer I use (who is also a professional performer and teacher) to set these violins up for me because that was where they were particularly weak. If she had varnished them as well we could claim that they were made in England, such are the rules(!) but no, they are Romanian, but they have been very well set up in England, with Dominant strings, and this one has Wittner fine tune pegs.
Tone wise they sound much like the Gligas, as you would expect. Better than the Gems, to my ears, and louder than any of the Gligas. If you want something with a mellow tone, but plenty of it, this one has to be well worth considering. The price is for the violin only (but yes I will fit a chinrest!)