violins/violas

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F. E. Small Mystery Violin

F. E. Small Mystery Violin 1913 With a stunning one piece back, this violin came into the shop with a broken button and no scroll. Lovingly restored in my shop, this violin is now singing very sweetly. Perhaps inspired by Amati, this full size violin was possibly made by F.E. Small in Kelowna in 1913. It was well loved in the past and has many mysteries surrounding its provenance and its past life. Ready to be loved and played again. Set up to professional standards in my shop with Evah Pirazzi strings and ebony fittings. Available to try at Swing Low StringsĀ in Victoria....

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French “Cigarette” Violin

“French ‘Cigarette’ Violin” This french-made violin has a cigarette burn above the left f-hole, which almost adds to its vintage charm. Easy to play with a cheerful, bright sound, this is a great pick for a fiddler. Ebony fittings and a Wittner fine-tuning tailpiece. Available in my shop on the Sunshine Coast....

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16″ Viola

15″ Viola “Euro Standard Antique” An easy-to-play viola that’s a great size for those used to the violin, this small viola was made in Romania in 2008. It is a rich orange colour with no antiquing and no signs of wear. It has a glorious, full, rich sound and is ideal for a smaller student who may be switching to viola, or choosing to play both viola and violin. Set up with ebony fittings, a Wittner fine-tuning tailpiece and Obligato strings. Available in my shop on the Sunshine Coast....

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Marc Laberte Violin

  Marc Laberte Violin Labeled “Ateliers de Lutherie D’Art MARC LABERTE MIRECOURT_Vosges_France”. A beautiful, crisp orange-red varnish with shading. An excellent example of the Marc Laberte shop violins. A big, broad sound. Ebony fittings with a Wittner fine-tuning tailpiece. Available in my shop on the Sunshine Coast. $3250  ...

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“Nicolaus Amatus (made in Czecho-Slovakia)”

  “Copy of Nicolaus Amatus (made in Czecho-Slovakia)” A wonky, wonderous violin with a big sound. This instrument came into the shop with a crack in the front, and on further inspection revealed to have a thick top and an integral bassbar. I re-thicknessed the top and fit a new bassbar and set the violin up to professional standards, making all necessary adjustments to accommodate a crooked neck, twisted scroll, and lopsided f-holes. It has character in spades, and a big, lush sound. A real gem. Set up with a 3 tree Despiau bridge, ebony fittings with Wittner tailpiece, and...

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