Collin-Mézin is one of the best known names in the violin trade. 19th century instruments made by CH JB Collin-Mézin offer great tone and great workmanship at an affordable price.
This is a lovely Collin-Mézin from the 1880s, signed on the inner back. This was really the heyday of this workshop before the commercialization of the brand in the early 1900s. The model is still the very typical flat Stradivari model, with superfine edgework, elongated corners, and a sharp scroll with precise inking.
The condition is excellent with minimal wear to the varnish. The only issue to report is a well repaired wing crack to the bass f-hole.
We have sold a lot of Collin-Mézins from this period – they are very reliable tonally, and are made with care and artistry. With good reason they have become the “go to violin” for aspiring conservatoire students – they are always in demand and they hold their value.
This particular example is quite typical, bright, clear and responsive, nice and resistant in the midrange. It’s very even, consistent in tonal colour and response throughout the register, with plenty of volume and excellent projection. In other words, a great all-rounder and a solid choice for a talented student.