Report July Tarisio auction in The Auction Scroll Posted July 5, 2006 I differ on the assessment of the Medio Fino violins, at least some of them. The externals were left cruder than some, but these fiddles were made in the same Mirecourt shops that were then making much higher quality products. That expertise shows up in the sound of the Medio Finos. Likewise with the J.A. Baader and inexpensive Neuner & Hornsteiner shop violins. The craftsmanship is decent and so is the sound. I have little experience with the later Chinese products, but I'll wager their principal advantage is that they are new and in need of no repair. Sad to say, putting a 120-year-old German fiddle into playing condition can set you back just enough to make it worthwhile to purchase a nice new Chinese violin. Matters are quite different when it comes to 200-year old Markneukirchen violins. Some of these are definitely worth the restoration cost.