I went to a violin shop in Richmond and the luthier there is named Don Leister. He handmakes violins and sells them.
I've tested four violins at the shop and picked two to take home for trial. They both sound fabulous, but there's one problem.
One is a nicely flamed, boxwood fittings with nice pegs, antiqued, and looks like a strad, but sounds okay.
The other is not antiqued, I cant feel the varnish, dont see a shine, is very dark(the violin), it has ebony fittings with the typical ebony peg, but it sounds a little better than the other one...
Both of them are the same price and were handmade.
Which one should I pick? The better sounding one has dominant strings, while the better looking one has vision. So strings might be another factor...
Basically, it all comes down to one question.
Better looking, or little better sounding?
The other is
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