459 French Strad Copy
Late nineteenth - early twentieth century Mirecourt violin, labelled copie de Antonius Stradivarius etc. Made with plain woods and scratched-on purfling, this would have been one of the student instruments when it was made. However, as with so many of these instruments, it sounds better than it looks. Warm, round sound with plenty of grunt and power. A very nice option for an advancing trad student.
Condition: The ribs are a couple of millimeters short where they meet at the end pin. It's a cosmetic problem only, and has no effect. Otherwise there are plenty of knocks and scratches, but no cracks, repairs or other issues.
Set-up: Original fingerboard, which is not ebony - probably pearwood, which was often used in those times. Original rosewood pegs, adjusted. New sound post and Aubert bridge, new Wittner tailpiece and Helicore strings.
Price, including a new case and bow: SOLD