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My latest pawnshop rescue violin. We were looking at this violin the last time we were at the pawnshop, a couple months ago. We decided on a 3/4 cello and 15” lovely viola instead.
As mentioned in other posts, after putting new strings on the 15” viola, I am keeping her. The 3/4 cello needs a new bridge. It actually just arrived. Jer took it out of the mailing envelope just now. I put new strings on her, also. She will go to my cello instructor so he can give it to someone he knows who would like it, all for free. It has a case that was washed twice, too.
We went back to the pawnshop today. We just could not get a particular violin out of our minds. Both my husband and I could not stop thinking about it. We bought it today.
The label inside said it was repaired on Dec 12, 1946 by Verne Vincent. No other label inside. It needs a bridge, tailpiece and pegs. We think we have all of those. If not, we can order some inexpensive ones. Not sure what it will sound like, so not spending a lot on her, yet. Maybe, I can remove them from my Mendini or Celilio? That is a thought. It is full size. I was not sure.
The bows need a rehair. They are straight as an arrow. They may need more camber(?). Jer said he can do that. He did another one before.
One bow is a Glasser. Don’t know about the other. The one I am not sure of looks older and is wood. Does not look like an expensive high quality. Not sure about what the Glasser is made of. It is newer and shiny. Maybe carbon or fiberglass? Both appear to be good bows, but not sure. May be “good enough”. They are outside in the sun in case little critters are in them, still. The hairs were eaten by them at one point. Jer cut off all the stragglers. Jer bought hair for restringing a while ago. He has just been wanting to do it! I have plenty of bows, anyway,
Here are photos of my violin. If it does not sound good, I have a beautiful wall hanging. Love the look and character of this.
We have the pawnshop violin up and singing. She sounds pretty good.
Whomever worked on her after Vern Vincent did it on Dec 12, 1946, put a coat of varnish or lacquer or something on her. Probably, someone who did not know much about violins. We were kind of worried it would make her unplayable because the sound would be muffled too much. She is not really loud, but not muffled. She has some projection. She does have the old strings that were on the Windsor. We took the tailpiece and pegs and strings from the Windsor. A Windsor is along the line of the Mendini 300. In a couple weeks, after she is used to having strings on her, I am going to put a set of Fiddlerman strings on her. I actually think, based on her sound now, that they will sound nice on her.
She does play easily. Easy to bow, etc. She sounds good. Nice little fiddle and looks great on the rack. Love her character.