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5 String violin, German pre-1900
(SOLD) Carlo Moretti 4/4 Violin Package - $1,150
The Carlo Moretti is a wonderful violin for the advancing player or would make a great permanent instrument for an adult who loves a sweet-sounding violin. The sweet, lovely tone of this instrument would work equally well for classical or fiddle style music. The sound is more encompassing and diffuse, less powerful and more soulful and smooth. The varnish is a dark beautiful brown that mimics an older German instrument. It has a solid ebony fingerboard and boxwood fittings that compliment the hand-painted varnish. The price is for the package including case and bow. This instrument is eligible for rent, payment plan, or purchase. Eligible for a 20% discount if purchased outright.
Revelle 700 Package - $2,200
This Revelle 700 is a truly incredible instrument for its price range. The sound is resonant, powerful, complex, and nuanced in all registers without any breaking-in needed - though I am certain it will only get better the more it is played. Italian tone woods aged for 7+ years and beautiful workmanship make this a great choice for the advanced player or for anyone looking for their permanent instrument. Compares favorably to much more expensive violins. Beautiful subtly-antiqued varnish and a stunning solid back with tight-grain quilted maple. Worth playing to see if you love the way this instrument plays! Not eligible for discounts, package price includes case and bow.
Mark Wood Concert Acoustic/Electric 4-string Violin - $1,399
Plays beautifully plugged or unplugged! Exceptional warm, sweet tone acoustically. The pickup doesn’t interfere with the beautiful acoustic sound. When played through an amp the Wood pickup has a clear, full sound. Really an amazing find for the musician who does a lot of recording and needs a line-in or anyone interested in an electric violin that still plays beautifully acoustically! Minimum 5-year aged maple and a tight-grain spruce on the top. One-piece back, Wood-brand tailpiece, real ebony fingerboard and pegs. Would be available for a rental or payment plan. $1399 retail includes case and bow. Eligible for 20% discount when purchased outright.
7/8 size Amati 301 Violin - $1299
This violin sounds lovely and full, and a 7/8 size and would be perfect for the violinist with petite hands. Well-seasoned spruce top and maple aged at least 7 years. Ebony fingerboard and fittings. Beautifully crafted, would make a great step up or permanent instrument. Package price includes case and bow. Eligible for a 20% discount if purchased outright.
Ming Jiang Zhu Workshop 4/4 Violin 2003 - $3,499
New technology, old-world sound. This instrument sounds beautiful. Sweet and loud, would do well in the hands of a soloist. Ming Jiang Zhu and his workshop use a method of asymmetric plate graduation to achieve a similar sound to the famed Stradivarius. He got his start in 1975, being chosen to study at the Guangzhou Musical Instruments School which produced other well-known makers. In 1991 he opened his own workshop after working in the Guangzhou Musical Instrument Research Institute where he was able to do scientific research and practice his making skills. He won many awards over the next 20 years and was interviewed by Time Magazine in 1996. I was able to track down the text of the Time Magazine article and am posting it on our website while we have his violin for sale (click here for article). Ming passed away in 2014 from liver cancer but this violin lives on as a piece of his legacy.
Solid ebony fingerboard, beautiful boxwood pegs and tailpiece compliment the warm honey-brown hand-painted varnish. Stunning solid-back with absolutely gorgeous tight-grained quilted maple. This violin compares favorably to instruments well-above its price category, definitely worth a listen!
(SOLD) Gewa Meister-Level, Made in Germany - $1375
This instrument has a beautiful clear tone and is very responsive. Has a focussed tone with good resonance and a bright, intense attack. I would recommend this for a player that knows how to blend and wants to stand out. Would be great for a soloist or stage performer that also plays in group settings! The varnish is simple and matte and the fittings are classic ebony. The look of the instrument is a bit nondescript but the wood has nice flame in the maple and grain in the spruce. This instrument was made in Germany under the label Wolfgang Aehnalt, I would consider this a workshop instrument with a bit more individual attention from a maker with good knowledge, then probably handed off to the team that varnishes to give it a look cohesive with others in its brand. It’s not easy to find relatively inexpensive German-made instruments, I recommend giving this one a listen! Price includes case and bow, can be rented or is eligible for 20% discount when purchased outright.
Amati Bel Suono 101 - $499
These instruments are available for rental or purchase and are just lovely. They have a sweet, strong sound and all vary a bit in look and sound. As always, we recommend coming down and hearing them side by side!
As with all of our instruments they have a solid ebony fingerboard and real purfling inlay. This instrument has been professionally set up to be in precise playing condition. The wood has been aged and dried so it will not change shape over time; a well-made violin will last hundreds of years. Our student-level instruments come as a package with a case and bow.
(SOLD) Revelle 500 4/4 Violin - $999
This instrument has a direct and powerful tone, very adaptable and ready to be controlled by an advancing violinist. Revelle brand instruments are made in China with select aged European maple and spruce, high-quality workmanship, and good quality-control. As with any instrument - try it out with many wood bows to find it’s best partner and you’ll end up with more volume and a better tone! This instrument is classic and elegant; with solid ebony fingerboard and fittings and cool-toned light brown varnish. Considered a higher-level rental instrument but would be fantastic for anyone that wants something versatile. Eligible for 20% discount if purchased outright
Bellissimo Bosco 600 Package - $1499
All the Bellissimo Bosco violins I’ve played on sound beautiful, and the 600 is no exception. Rich, powerful, resonant, and waiting for an advancing player to own it and truly bring out its full tone. Made with seasoned European maple and spruce and finished with a lovely antiqued varnish - the 600 is distinctive. The varnish has a gorgeous sheen to it and the quilted maple practically glows; while simultaneously dark, dappled varnish and subtle antiquing give it an old-world feel. Just beautiful! Solid ebony fingerboard and fittings. Eligible for rental or payment plan, price includes case and bow. Eligible for a 20% discount if purchased outright.
NS Electric WAV 4 Amber Burst - $799
We have been so incredibly pleased with the NS electric instruments we’ve had come through our shop. They play beautifully and are set up to perfection. The sound through our amp here in the shop sounds very clean and lovely and acoustic. Feels much lighter and easier to handle than other electric violins I’ve tried. It would be worthwhile to come in and play on it to check for comfort as everything is built in but can be adjusted. This NS is the color Amberburst which looks like a nice, warm, classic varnish color. Solid ebony fingerboard, Polar Pickup System, adjustable Maple bridge. Not eligible for discounts; case and bow included with package. Available for purchase or rental.
(SOLD) Farbegeigen 4/4 Violin - $549 (C052)
This instrument was conditioned, varnished, and set up here at Austin Strings. We do only a few of these each year; they are ordered directly from Romania and the wood comes from the Carpathian forest. We get them in the white when the wood is still bare. The advantage when working with an instrument in the white is we know exactly what is put onto the wood. It is very important that the varnish is applied correctly so as not to clog the grain. If a violin is varnished incorrectly, the wood will not vibrate and will muffle the sound. We first remove the top of the instrument and regraduate the inside to an ideal thickness, then we seal the wood with a substance that both protects and amplifies vibration. Once the top is reglued, we seal the outside and begin the many layers of a varnish recipe that is very similar to many old German varnishes. The varnish is handrubbed and a totally unique color. As an instrument gets older and gets played more often, it will sound better and better. This instrument was set up in 2006. Comes with a case and wood bow. As this is a consignment this particular instrument is available for purchase only.