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Antique violin made in Germany

Full size antique violin with label inside "Copy of Antonius Stradivarius made in Germany". The violin was made between wars, i.e. in 1920-1940 and it was used quite intensively. There are signs of wearing and repair that was done professionally in the past. There are no any open cracks or damage on the violin.
The violin is still in a very good playable condition. It has a powerful and reach tone with a strong response on all strings.

Vintage Milanese style violin

Light colored Milanese style full size violin. It is hand crafted violin that was made about 50 years old. The violin is in a good condition. It doesn't show any sings of damage or repair. It wasn't used much like many other instruments of similar age.
The violin has 2 piece maple back, maple sides and spruce top with unusually narrower grains that makes it light weight. It is a bit smaller than a typical German Stradivari copy closer to 7/8 size.

The violin gives a crisp and clear sound and well responds on all strings. It is suitable for amateurs and enthusiasts looking for smaller but bright instrument.

Brand new Cremona cello

This full size brand new "Cremona" cello has deep and powerful sound with mellow and velvet tone. It clearly responds on all strings. The cello is suitable for advanced students and/or motivated to progress amateur. It comes with soft case and brazilwood bow.

3/4 Naomi cello with hard case

3/4 "Naomi" cello is suitable for intermediate students. It has warm and mellow sound. It comes with bow and hard case.
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In the hands of proficient violinist a low quality violin can sound decent but it will never sound great
The first clear record of a violin-like instrument comes from paintings by Gaudenzio Ferrari. In his Madonna of the Orange Tree, painted 1530, a cherub is seen playing a bowed instrument which clearly has the hallmarks of violins.

The instruments Ferrari depicts have bulging front and back plates, strings which feed into peg-boxes with side pegs, and f-holes. They do not have frets. The only real difference between these instruments and the modern violin is that Ferrari's have three strings, and a rather more extravagant curved shape.

It is not clear exactly who made these first violins, but there is good evidence that they originate from northern Italy, in the vicinity of Milan. Not only are Ferrari's paintings in this area, but at the time towns like Brescia and Cremona had a great reputation for the craftsmanship of stringed instruments.
In the 19th and 20th centuries numerous violins were produced in France, Saxony and the Mittenwald in what is now Germany, in the Tyrol, now parts of Austria and Italy, and in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic.

About seven million violin family instruments and basses, and far more bows, were shipped from Markneukirchen between 1880 and 1914. Many 19th and early 20th century instruments shipped from Saxony were in fact made in Bohemia, where the cost of living was less. While the French workshops in Mirecourt employed hundreds of workers, the Saxon/Bohemian instruments were made by a cottage industry of mostly anonymous skilled laborers quickly turning out a simple, inexpensive product.

Today this market also sees instruments coming from China, Romania, and Bulgaria.

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