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  1. Thank you for all the responses on responsiveness, sonority and so on! I just want to let you know what I finally did: I did not change strings, but went to a local luthier who is a good player himself, described my issue, and let him set up the violin. He changed the sound post's position, which had a tremendous impact, tweaked the tail piece with a new tail gut (which had a modest effect) and now I am trying the violin for some weeks without changing anything else, until we may decide to do a re-calibration of the sound post or alter the bridge.
  2. With all due respect, I am considering this insinuation a little off the track. I do think that it is important to discuss the hardware. Some other threads have been discussing the diameter of sound posts. - I guess from the number of responses that my initial question is of interest for many players. Quite a lot of ideas were helpful, and I am thankful for these. I am very aware they do not reflect an ultimate truth, but just personal opinions and experiences. And isn't that exactly what such a discussion is about? Have a good night!
  3. Thank you all So I'll consider setup by another luthier (there is an apparently very skilled guy living just 500 meters away), and I'll give PI, Vision Titanium Solo and Larsen Tzigane a try!
  4. Derek, yes that is true. Coincidentally, I am using them ("Perpetual Cadenza", there are two Perpetuals...) since two weeks now on my French violin. They need some more time to break in (3-4 days), but they are ok to nice from the beginning. I really like them so far, though they are expensive. They made a good development within the last two weeks! I am using the whole set with the E string, which seems quite good. They were recommended somewhere else as not as aggressive compared the regular Perpetuals (which I don't know yet).
  5. Thank you for your ideas, John! I am using a modern bow from stiff wood (5.900 Lucchi), which works well with it. Concerning the idea to have another luthier do the setup is something which I have not yet considered, and I will keep that in mind, and definitely give it a try! Concerning Evah Pirazzi strings, my experience is that they indeed sounded glorious (on my Miremont), but even though I don't play _that_ much, they just lasted about six weeks before they lost all their glory within a few days... And for that, I consider them way too expensive... So I would prefer a different product
  6. Good morning! Maybe someone has an (alternative) idea: I am looking for highly responsive strings for a sonorous/dark/warm violin. It's a Guarneri model by a local maker, made in 2011, which I bought some months ago. It likes Dominant and even more Rondo, but I miss some responsiveness under the ear with the before-mentioned strings. I also tried Warchal Brilliant, which did not work at all, and some used Dominant Pro, which were OK, but way better on another violin (19th century French Strad model). To my surprise, Corelli Alliance Vivace work pretty well (with Eudoxa E) and show that kind of characteristic which I am looking for pretty much already. They are rather neutral and the violin remains nicely dark, yet these are quite responsive. Based on the strings which I mentioned, does anyone have an idea for another alternative that might be rewarding to try? I wouldn't mind trying a brighter string as well. I have liked Peter Infeld PI on new violins (though never tried them on one of mine), and was also thinking of trying some Larsens, which I did not have on one of my violins yet. Thanks a lot in advance!
  7. @tetlerThanks for clarification! Can anyone provide a link for Vol. 1, too? :-) A quick Google search did not bring satisfying results...
  8. May I naively ask if Vol. II is just the second (thus corrected and extended) edition of Lütgendorff, or is Vol. I different in other aspects?
  9. I would agree that the label is indeed fake. There is an offset- or print-pattern visible in the left corner, as if the label was printed (raster) or a photocopy from a book was (maybe modified and) then printed with a laser printer or something else. Furthermore, these grotesque typefaces were not in wide use in the late (!) 19th century. First of them came up in the 1880s.
  10. The purfling is just painted, that's for sure! Sanded, revarnished, mutilated... probably not in the 70s?
  11. The condition is far beyond "excellent". It needs a serious restoration, and you don't know if it sounds good at all... Just have a look at all the cracks in the top plate that are clearly visible, and there might be many more hidden somewhere... This looks to me like a factory violin from Markneukirchen or similar, but that's a question for the experts here
  12. Mittenwald is a town in Germany where violins were mostly mass-produced for the world market in the 19th/early 20th century. Most are just cheap, less many may be decent.
  13. But what is a good idea is to buy a decent instrument which she likes to play. I remember that my first violin was just not good-sounding, and it discouraged me from playing, until my parents bought an old Mittenwald violin in quite a bad state, but that sounded better. Though I knew that I did not want to become a professional in my teens, I never stopped to play and startet with lessons again as an adult. So I guess it is not a bad idea at all to get your daughter a decent violin that she likes, even if she might not become the next Anne-Sophie Mutter
  14. I am afraid, you will have to try for yourself. Many violins in that price range are being sold as cheap beginner instruments by shops here (Germany), and most are still rather disappointing concerning their sound qualities, even though there are lots of them available here... Don't order something which you cannot return, especially from dubious sources (ebay and the like)! That will be a waste of money for sure. Better see what's available at local luthiers, take it home for trial and see if you like it, or maybe rent an instrument first, or save a little longer and acquire a decent violin (with resale potential) for a little more in the future! (Besides, I am an amateur player, too, just did some violin shopping; online was not successful at all.)
  15. The same seller is already selling the next simlarly-destructed violin (https://www.ebay.com/itm/165359086761) with a computer-printed label with a different modern computer font, just like other one before. The labels have without any doubt been placed inside the violins in the 21st century - He is indeed using in both labels the letter "f" as a pseudo-antique renaissance "s"-ligature ;-) It reads "CremonenFis"
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