I'm an ignorant beginner, so take my effusive praise for what it's worth...
I just received my new violin yesterday. Don't you just love new stuff?! :^)
This is the third violin I have purchased from Old Violin House, and it really is super (in my opinion). The first was an Opera "Pro+" that had a very nice, even tone. The second one was one of their "Master" Amati violins by their Vecchio workshop, which has been my primary violin up to this time.
I had contacted OVH's customer support and asked what else they had available that was not listed on EBay. The support person is terrific and very helpful. She sent me a bunch of pics of some items that were available, of particular interest to me was their "Russian Master" violin. I liked the look and the description, and so I decided to give one a go...
I purchased a Yitamusic a few months ago to try out, and it was just OK. It looked pretty nice, but the tone was sort of tinny and thin. I sold it soon after receiving it (to a fiddle player).
I had also tried out an Eastman Strings 803 Paesold model for a few days. I was not very impressed with either the finish (lots of scratches) nor the tone (my Vecchio Amati was as good) so I sent it back for a refund.
This new Russian Master violin tops them all! It definitely has a full bodied sound, very rich. I put on a set of Tonicas for now, and I'll probably try some others to see what may suit this violin best.
Did you happen to see the name of the workshop?
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