This is a lovely Mirecourt violin of some quality, broadly equivalent to a late 19th century Collin-Mézin. It has well conceived arching, finely worked edges and corners, and delicately fluted f-holes. It’s in excellent condition – just two repaired wing cracks to report, otherwise no cracks or repairs. The varnish is oil, very well preserved, with an attractive hint of craquelure.
If you want an outstanding tone for an affordable price, look no further. This is a remarkable violin, powerful and focused but full of warmth and zing. It’s very even, well balanced throughout the range, responding to any kind of bow stroke with equal assurance. Its over-riding character is clean and smooth, giving a beautiful legato, but it’s also very quick off the blocks and can be spiky and nervy when needed. All in all a great all-round violin which would beat a good few fine Cremonas in a blind shoot-out.
Length of back 35.9cm, stop 130/196mm, total length 59.1cm
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