Collin-Mézin is one of the best known names in the violin trade. 19th century instruments made by or under the supervision of CH JB Collin-Mézin offer great tone and great workmanship at an affordable price.
This is a lovely Collin-Mézin from the mid 1890s. 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, rather broad in the lower bouts, with superfine edgework, elongated corners, and a sublime scroll with precise inking.
The condition is very good with minimal wear to the varnish. The only issues to report are two minimal saddle cracks – 1cm on the left, 2cm on the right, both well repaired.
We have sold a lot of Collin-Mézins of this age – they are very reliable tonally, and made with care and artistry. With good reason they have become the “go to violin” for aspiring conservatoire students.
This particular example is quite typical, bright, clear and responsive but with plenty of woody core to the sound. It’s very even, consistent in tonal colour and response throughout the register, though it’s worth pointing out that the high reaches of the E string are unusually successful for a violin in this price range. Very good volume and projection, nice sustain … all in all a great choice for a budding classical soloist.
Length of back 36cm, stop 131/197mm
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