Le Victorieux violins from collin mezin. what's so horrific about them?
So I'm a adult beginner violinist I've been playing on a 1000 dollar(rental) student violin. It's sound was eerily sharp pitched and the higher position sounded 'dusty'. So I went back to my luthier, to ask for a more high quality rental. And I was presented 10 violins between the prices of 2 to 3000. I was looking for a violin with a rich and full/warm tone and I found one! The sound also sounded like it actually got 'out of the violin' the other ones sounded like the sound was trapped inside the violin. The high positions sound lovely. Until I started googling. My new violin has a label inside saying 'Le Victorieux grande soliste, collin mezin 1925. It's worth 3500. So I started googling on this type of violin according to maestronet they are' horrendous and disgusting sounding'and should only be used for firewood. Which made me raise my eyebrow as I thought this violin was far superior to the other ones I tried while there. So what is everyone else hearing that I'm not?
Anyone can tell me more?
I think they are decent Mirecourt production violins, what bothers people is they don't quite live up to the very high standard of the late 1800s Collin Mezin models, certainly not junk though.
Thank you very much Lyndon Taylor. :) the reactions I read seemed a bit over the top to me to these violins. Especially since I think they sound wonderful! But yeah I guess comparing them to the previous very high standard ones like you said, then many people may feel that way about these :)
Phoebe wrote, 'the other ones sounded like the sound was trapped inside the violin.'
I'm not sure. But the one I have now was the only one who's sound wasn't trapped inside the violin. All the violins were around 3000 euros
To you, what is a sound which doesn't sound like it was "trapped inside the violin"?
I have had a teacher for as long as I started my journey :)
I think it's near impossible to know whether we are talking about the same thing by words.
"the reactions I read seemed a bit over the top to me to these violins."
I have one that I like very much. It's dated 1950, a late one, and was made by the youngest son, Charley.
I've never had a Collin Mezin violin, but I had the opportunity to buy a 1950 La Victorieux for $660 on ebay, but before I could get the money together, someone else grabbed it, but in my research I saw a 1948 selling for over $5,000 at a top retail shop, so $3500 for a 1925 seems pretty cheap.(I'm assuming the 1925 is worth a bit more than the 1950)
I played a Collin Mezin violin at Kapeller's in Richmond. That's the first time I had heard of them. I thought it was a pretty good violin.