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Surprise in Mail-Really Nice Cecilio CVN 600
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Irv
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I am not a fan of the Cecilio Cvn 600 Violin.  Heavy with enough material to construct three “normal” violins.  Suitable for the heavy handed practice from a football player.  

I had no thought of the Cvn 600 when I won an eBay auction with the only bid.  The pegs were plain ebony instead of the “hill” type.  It had a rectangular black cloth case with a hydrometer in the lower left third (never saw that before).  I was hoping that it might be another Mendini MV 650.

As you might guess by now, I did get a Cvn 600.  But with differences.  Very light weight.  Sound post where it should be and of correct length.  Perfectly fitted pegs.  As new condition.  The nut is a little too high and bridge is very thick (both conditions easily corrected).  Serial number starts with 2004.  Spruce top very tight grained and back/sides highly figured.  Very happy with purchase.

Cranks make revolutions.  JBS Haldane

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Any hypothesis as to why this one is so presentable compared to the previous VSOs of the same brand and model? 

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I am thinking age of manufacture.  More time and money was spent on the violin and bows (which are also very nice) and much less on the case and fancy pegs.   This violin is like a super grade of the MV 650, so it was likely made at about the same time.  

Cranks make revolutions.  JBS Haldane

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oh, I just looked online and they retail for $450,- so my "VSO" appellation was a little hasty. 

Let us know how it sounds when you have that nut and bridge set up to your satisfaction.

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Another unusual condition is that the bridge has tiny Indian inked letters indicating the strings (gdae).  No brand name on the bridge, which is unusual for the Cvn-600.

Cranks make revolutions.  JBS Haldane

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November 5, 2018 - 7:51 pm
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Someone made a new bridge for it?

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Hi Fiddlerman.  I think it is the original bridge.  There is another similar bridge in the case still in tissue wrapping, but that one does not have string designations.  I have a few Cecilio violins with obvious erroneous labels (a violin given a cello label is fairly common), and the accessory level and bridge is consistent with a MV 650.  But that does not explain the case (and I have never seen a case like this before).  

I am about to make things more confusing by replacing the bridge for a Cinderella, which would be stock for a CVN 600.

Cranks make revolutions.  JBS Haldane

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November 9, 2018 - 11:59 am
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The Cecilio's often come with an extra bridge.

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but the one who needs the least."

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