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My new mystery violin
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Katka
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I probably only tried 10 violins and went to a few shops and I found this one intriguing. Part of it was because it was a mystery and it is clearly really nicely made. It didn't cost me much more than a standard student violin (the first shop I looked at had Eastmans and Yamahas for 550; this sounds quite a bit better than those did) 

The bow is unmarked and is not original than the violin. They said the violin is between 8-20 yrs old. (but its in beautiful shape) The bow seems nicely made but it is very heavy compared to my black carbon fiber. 
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Very nice, Katka. It is nice when you find one you really like.

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Beautiful! Congrats on finding something you can love.

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Nice. Superficial of me, but I do like ornamental pegs!

Is the bow heavier or just badly balanced?

If it's heavier, could they have given you a viola bow by mistake?

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1 piece back, good flaming, what appears to be an actual ebony tailpiece = not a "student" violin to me.

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The bow weighs 64 grams and my carbon fiber weighs 59 grams. (I have small hands and prefer the feel of the lighter carbon fiber) I think that's within the weight of a violin bow. 

It doesn't seem poorly balanced but I'm still a beginner but I'm not sure. 

Admittedly, I love the pegs too, they are beautiful. (but also nice feeling...in fact it appears that the pegs, finger board, tail piece and chinrest are all solid ebony; a nice change from my cheap VSO)

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Katka
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RDP said
1 piece back, good flaming, what appears to be an actual ebony tailpiece = not a "student" violin to me.

  

I paid about $700 for it so a bit more than the student violins. 

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I like ornamental pegs, too. what is it about them? 

Good question about the bow.

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Is the frog end a right angle at the corner, or is it a rounded corner? A viola bow has a rounded corner and is a little shorter than a violin bow. A violin bow is a right angle at the frog end.

Anyone, please correct me if I am wrong. I have been given information before that I have taken as fact, but it was a lot generalities, not exact fact. So, I am never positive. 

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It is definitely a 90 degree angle! Just a heavy bow I suppose. (64 grams)

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64g does seem heavy, but also 59g is light, so you've been hit by two extremes!

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@Katka -

Beautiful!

I can see why you were attracted to it - definitely has a presence! 

So glad you can get back playing with a violin you love.

Have a name in mind, yet? 

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no I don't! I'm definitely keeping that thought in mind. 

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I tend to like the heavier bows.

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@Katka  Congrats on your new violin--looks like a nice find smile

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@Katka thats a beautiful instrument!  congrats!

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@Katka

Grats on finding a very good looking fiddle, really looks good.

 

Mark

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Congrats on your new baby.

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