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I've got a Shimro St. Antonio violin and was wondering what anyone could tell me about the model and/or company? I get conflicting info online (what little there is) and the local dealer doesn't speak much English.
It seems to be a Korean-owned company that has it's main production in China, but uses strings made in Korea. So far it's proving to be a decent little instrument to learn on.
I saw other forums from 2000 saying to select different brands but no one gave any information as to why other than one post citing the strings being an issue. I'm not an expert so I can't give any definitive judgement in regards to the overall quality of the piece. I'm just mainly curious as to it's build, quality, any known issues or specific benefits with using this model as opposed to looking for something else if I had to.
It's not that so much as I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to how things are made and their specs. I like knowing these details as they oftentimes come in handy later on. It's also a bit of a hobby for me to 'dissect' things and figure out their inner workings. And in this case, by dissect I mean when I get to upgrading strings I will be using a magnifying glass and flashlight/mini mirror to look through the f-holes and such to see the woodgrain inside, label a bit more clearly, and varnish.
To me instruments take on a bit of a life of their own; it would be sad to forget where they came from or who made them. I really hope there's some marking on the inside with who ever produced this piece, aside from the production company itself. Because to me it seems like they went to a lot of trouble to make sure everything fit together.
When you're stuck in military barracks you tend to develop strange hobbies
I found the catalog for Shimro at the music shop yesterday and the outside proudly proclaimed something about 30 years of music. That was about all the readable english I found in the book. However their selection seems very nice, and if their other instruments are as well put together I would be half tempted to see what they offer in a higher end model. I fully believe in supporting companies if they make quality pieces.