Okay, I searched on several different forums and had found some posts on this topic, but not many of them actually answered my question, so here goes:
I recently purchased a new violin from the early-mid 20th century made by Carl August Berger. I have read several things about his violins and have looked up auctions of his instruments with price ranges varying from $1,500 to $20,000. The violin I purchased looks quite similar to those of his I've seen online.
However, since I bought it and have been playing it, I have noticed that there isn't a lot of "color" or "soul" to it, and sound feels "closed in" or "covered." It has a very clean and precise sound, but it strikes me as somewhat tinny. It had dominants on it when I brought it home, and I immediately changed the strings to Evah Pirazzi Silvers (which is what I have on my other, extremely open sounding early 20th century fiddle), which has helped. But I have been wondering: people talk about the need to "play in" a new violin or a violin that has been sitting for a while (I don't know that this one was played much in the shop), but is there anything I could do in terms of set up to "open up" the tone or give it the richer sound I'm used to? This is an instrument that my family purchased for me to take to college, and while it is quite comfortable in terms of playability, at the moment it sounds more like a viola than a violin. (Don't misunderstand me--I love my viola as well. But I prefer for my violin to sound like one.)
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