My 15 year old daughter is working hard to become a great violinist. She has outgrown her starter violin and has saved her own $ cleaning houses. We have been to four violin shops so far, trying out violins. This past weekend we visited a shop in Chicago where a young man helped her for nearly three hours (first shop out of 4 that actually had someone who played!). Her price range was up to $6k and in the end both of their favorites was a consignment violin. It has no label and the shop believes it is an antiqued 1920s Italian violin. However, it has one peculiarity he pointed out...the inside rib corners do not have visible blocks, it is smooth all the way across. Almost like there is a veneer around the whole inside that covers the blocks. The outside of the violin looks as one would expect. Any thoughts about this? We are in the process of educating ourselves about violins in general but have not handled hundreds yet. She wants to make a wise purchase with her hard earned $ and loves the violin's balanced sound.
Sorry, cannot get a pic inside the violin near the rib corners.
We took the violin on a week trial and have yet to show her teacher.
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