I've found a guy who purchased some violins from an estate sale and has some consigned with a local violin shop. Those are in the $3,000 dollar range. All are mid-1800s to early 1900s German trade violins. He also has some less pricey instruments at this house.
I called the violin shop where he has several consigned and told the owner I was looking for a violin with good playability and no hint of wolf tones. The owner told me that some of the best violins play on the edge of a wolf tone.
Is this correct? He was kind of short on the phone as I find many violin shop owners to be, but I'm hoping someone can clarify his statement, if possible, or provide other information in this matter regarding violins and wolf tones.
I received my handmade instrument back from the maker last week and while the glaring dead wolf note B on the A string in first position is corrected for the most part, it still doesn't sound like the C# on the A string in 1st position, or the E on the D string in 1st, or even the F# on the E string in 1st as far as musical quality. The bow also tends to skate or skip across the string at times when I play that B. I've reduced the bow tension which seems to help somewhat but only as far as the skipping or skating across the string in concerned.
The maker said I have a very nice violin and I want to believe that and put the issue to rest. My current violin is certainly more focused now. Doesn't sound reedy as it did before sending it off.
The maker took the fingerboard off, sanded and refined it, cut a new nut, new bridge, new sound post, and put a set of Evah Pirazzis strings on the G,D,A and left my Vision Titanium Solo on the E string.
Could it be that I'm too obsessed with it and just need to focus on practice. I don't remember any wolf tones with my previous new German shop instrument which was more easily playable than the violin I have now. It's a slight distraction although not what it was before I sending it out for repair. I don't have the buyer's remorse I had before with my current violin and am not as pained at having sold my new German shop instrument to buy it.
So to recap my question, are wolf tones on expensive hand made instruments something that any of you deal with? How do you overcome that (or those) particular note(s)?
Thanks in advance.
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