This is one of a batch of violins that we purchased some time ago from a Czech luthier who was retiring and closing his workshop. He estimated that the violin was made around 1949 so 70 years old.
The violin has a label that reads Jindrich Zazvonix in Kladno Czech, which loosely translates to Czech Factory for Musical Instruments. So it's a European, factory made student violin.
It has a two piece back of closely flamed Maple and a front of close grained Spruce. The fingerboard is of Ebony. The varnish is typical of violins from this region and period, a deep chestnut brown with shading.
We received the violin as a carcass without fittings. We have performed a full setup and fitted new Ebony Pegs, a good quality Bridge, a new Sound Post, a lightweight Tailpiece with integral adjusters, a Chinrest of the period, an Ebony End Button and a set of Pirastro Violino strings.
The violin plays nicely with a clear bright tone that has no signs of harshness, helped of course by the quality Pirastro strings. It holds it's tuning well, now the strings have settled down and the overall tone is improving as it gets more playing. It's been dormant for at least 20 years before we refurbished it so there is room for even more improvement as it settles down and the strings bed in.
We are offering the violin as an instrument only at a very competitive price. So you can buy a European Violin with some age for the same sort of price as a reasonable quality Chinese instrument. If you would like us to supply this violin as an outfit with a case, bow and rosin, please email and we'll do our best to find something to meet your budget.