One of my adult voice students brought a wonderful English violin with her today, which absolutely knocked my socks off. It's not for sale, but I'd like to know if anyone knows something about the luthier. I can find nothing online.
The maker is William Fendt. Dated 185X (no last number added) This was her fathers' violin since he was young, so little chance of it being a fake.The violin is exceptionally light, and somehow felt "right" in my hands, even before I played it. The tone is incredibly full and rich, with average volume but wonderful "internal reverb." Oh, how I want that violin. It just devours anything I've played, anywhere, and all we had to string it up were some nos Wondertone reds that were in the case.
-And a cheap, swivel-foor bridge.
-And the soundpost was directly under the bridge foot.
-And it STILL sounded amazing. (you just can't keep a good man down)
I can't wait to try it with pure gut strings.
So odd that I can't find any info on the maker, he had to be a master.
Always nice to experience something like this, but now I almost can't stand to go back to my little fiddle collection. My student doesn't even play violin, but she wants to keep it as an heirloom. I'm trying to convince her that this isn't fair to the poor violin, but resistance is high.
Tonal Gods, why hast thou punished me so? ! ! !
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