Okay... So I am now hunting for a new (old or new) violin to replace my (sorry to say) rather dire Antoni Debut as a birthday prezzie I'm only at grade 2 but know enough to realise that the Antoni is... an violin shaped object with an one dimensional, screechy sound
Have now gone to the local violin shop and tried 3 violins in my price range.
1. Romanian one (either 'unlabelled' or the label has fallen off - this might mean a bargain ) - Tone was quite warm and mellow, but lacked resonance a little - the 'E' string was not screechy but was quite bright but sweet. ?120 (apparently okay up to Grade 6, 7 and perhaps 8)
2. Czech one - too bright and had a VERY 'screechy' E string. Did not like it at ALL and discarded at once. ?350 with set-up - suspecting that it was the set up that was the problem for difficult bowing.
3. Another Czech one but still without label. Resonant but sweet! This Czech one was loud but mellow across the (limited) range I could play and sweet but resonant on the E string. ?250 with extra set up (If this is what it could do without all the set-up work, what would it be like with?! ) (apparently okay for grade 8 beyond not sure if I believe it really!)
I like the 3rd one the best but am currently taking out the 1st one for approval
At the minute neither of those 3 are 'tugging at my heartstring' but I like the 3rd one. A LOT. But obviously... I bet none of you on the forums are going to let me buy it without trying the Gligas ! Its off to elida next...
Any other violin shops near to South East London/Central London that you can recommend?
p.s. If you're wondering why the 2 violins that I have liked are all under ?300, its because the next one up from that and the 2nd one was at ?700! No way I could afford that. Also since the violin shop was small, they didn't have a wide range to choose from.
Quick question: How would you tell if the purfling was inlaid or drawn on?