This attractive 19th century French violin recently came to us from Europe, needing a bit of attention. While the original label is missing, there are many internal stamps "Made in France" as well as some handwritten inscription to the underside of the top, attributing the violin to a famous workshop, which I think is probably not authentic. There was an old crack repaired to the top, which had blackened due to oxidized iron in the glue that was originally used (probably many years ago). We took the top off the instrument, cleaned out all the old glue, and reglued and cleated the crack. In addition, new pegs, tailpiece and chinrest were installed, fingerboard planned, new bridge and soundpost cut, as well as a fresh set of Kaplan Amo strings!
It is an extremely powerful instrument; very much a soloist quality of brilliance. It is open and clear and quite easy to play. Suitable for the advancing student.