Bought the fiddle.
Maybe someone remembers my recent post on getting extremely emotional with a piece of wood... I was scouting for a new violin and this one caught my heart offguard completely.
Many people warned me against any rush decisions here https://www.violinist.com/discussion/thread.cfm?page=2373 and I took an advice. I let it sit and cool down for 3 weeks.
I visited the seller again with a violinist from Ljubljana philharmonic orchestra and a band mate (also opera singer), who is most discerning and technical when it comes to sound and production.
After a 2 hour test of 4 distinct violins and come 6 different bows we agreed that we found a gem, so I bought the fiddle.
Slightly better images here:
Any experts around that can at least speculate on the origin of this instrument?
On one hand, those advices from experienced folks are sound advices. But on the other hand, who gonna judge you for how you want to live your life?
Thanx for the thoughts.
Tony, congratulations. And although I'm not a big fan of the aesthetics from the Maggini style double layer, this violin definitely does look beautiful!
Nuuska. Although I am not a fan of double purfling either - it kind of looks ok. The photos however do not do this violin justice.
I like your enthusiasm and I do understand you perfectly. You're always welcome, and it's just a few hours from your place.
Happy as a pig in the mud! :) :) :) :)
It is great that you found a gem!
Let's hear a recording!
Let's hear it live!
... and also play it, hopefully... ;-)
I promisse I will. I have a set of fresh Rondo strings on the way (old ones are pretty terrible). I’ll do it in a studio with a proper mike too.
Some excellent fishing in the tributaries to Lake Bled. Slovenia is a beautiful country.
a copy of Brescian long model, with a sound post crack? How long is the body and vibrating string?
Regarding origin of the instrument: better photos would help, see https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/333119-how-to-photograph-an-instrument-for-identifcation-purposes/
Congrats! I would leave the set up as is, since this is how you loved it (even with your soundpost setting) so you get to really know the instrument before having a luthier "fix" it. Sometimes they can make things more correct, but it then sounds less good (or different). So glad you found your piece of heaven...
"I had the same feeling every now and then when I think I found something really unique and treasure it, and want to share with the world, only to find the world disagree with you and seemingly rains on your parade.
Hendrik, there is nothing wrong about long pattern - some of them sound really nice, especially in lower register. I have a soft spot for those....
I played one for years, was about 36.5 cm LOB, I loved that violin too. But long pattern violins go for less than their regular size siblings.
Rocky: I measured the body length of the body. It's 35.8 cm. So the body itself is not really "long pattern". The fingerboard is about 3mm shorter than my other violin, however the distance between nut and bridge is about 5mm more. So - it feels very manly (large) when playing it, although the body is normal length and it's quite narrow.
If anyone is interested what I fell in love with - here is some raw (untampered) recordings I made tonight in our studio.
Cool recordings. Nice-sounding violin. I liked your Chaconne more than your Elgar. :)
The playing has very nice reverb - an indicator of a very good violin. But I'm not sure how much the recorder contributed to it. I think you should also play and upload your previous violin sound (same pieces) so people can compare.
I like the "attack" - the way sound starts. The violin speaks like the one with a good lineage..... it also has the depth and what I call "the immediacy of the sound" (could be also due to a very good recording). Seems balanced. Well, tovariš Anzlovar, it appears that you did find your treasure chest over the rainbow!
Very nice tone! I thought I was listening to David Garret!
And this sound was more or less the reason why I bought a cracked violin.
Oh, some of that “reverb” is deffinately digital (garage band offered that as default). I just used less of it than the software default setting.
In Elgar Salut, I also couldn't discern when you changed between A and E strings ... Unlike many other violins where the E shoots brighter to my amateur ears. Very warm and even across, this violin. I think it's a very good violin that can sing.
to me the violin sounds a bit boxed up?
jean - could be. I have just experienced this listening on a set of closed earphones. I did not have this feeling on open back earphones...
Tony, your excitement is contagious. :-)
Tony if there are still cracks that need to be fixed then I have not said anything!!
Seems like a really nice sounding violin. Now you can do what I did when I started playing expensive violins and realize how much of the problems were you vs the violin itself :)
Tom - don’t remember. We also play a mashed-up arrangement, so I throw in bits from Perlman’s rendition as well as mixing the 1st and 2nd violin. But the accompaniatto part is real, I remember learning it from a score... perhaps imslp has something...
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