Saturday, March 5th, 2011
Just been working on the first of the Eastman Strings Young Master violins. Really nice instrument with very clever antiquing, you’d be hard pressed to know whether this really was a new instrument or one made a 100 or so years ago. It’s a handmade instrument and it really shows in the quality of the construction, it’s also very light, which is usually a sign of a good violin.
We’ve fitted Dominant strings for now and after a couple of hours of playing they have settled down and the balance from string to string has improved. Dominants do tend to have a metallic edge when they are first fitted but once they’ve been played for a while they become much more mellow and rounded. I’m quite impressed with this violin and it was no chore to give it a good play in. This is going to be a good violin for those players who can’t quite justify spending on an Eastman Strings Master Violin, ideal for the serious player in an amateur orchestra.