I'm searching for a violin for my daughter (advancing student) as she is ready move to full size. After trying everything under 10K at a local luthier (must have tried 40+ violins) and trying 3 violins for home trials, we are tryingto decide between two violins.
Violin #1 is a new (never played) violin made in 2010 by Wei Yang (2006 VSA mentionee for merit for tone for his VIOLA). This violin has great projection and teacher agrees it's a good violin, but she says that it will work great for pieces like Pagannini Concerto which my daughter is working on now, but will be less suitable for a piece like Sebelius which will require a sweeter sound. I wonder if this new violin will become mellower over time? Will different strings like Obligatos help? It currently has Dominants A, D, G and Gold lable E. FYI, the price tag is 6K.
Violin #2 is a 1927(?) Henrich Roth (German workshop violin). It sounds definitely mellower and my daughter was immediately drawn to it because it sounded so different than others. It definitely does not project as well. Also, we now both think, it's not just mellow, but maybe a little dull. Teacher has not heard this violin yet. price tag is 7.5K which I understand may be on the higher side for a Roth.
We will get teacher's opinion in a couple of days, but I wanted the violinist community's opinion.
I think there was a question in there somewhere...
Thanks in advance.
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