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Low but cheap-sounding violins

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I have a couple of friends who bought Chinese violins from eBay for less than $200 USD.

 

What amazed me was how loud these instruments sound though they are truly cheap-sounding (harsh and with little tonal variation even on Dominant strings).

 

I am wondering what are the factors that mainly contribute to this loudness.  Is it overly thin plates and relatively new wood?

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Leave the bridge very high and put the soundpost right under the treble side of the bridge - your violin becomes very loud, regardless of its origin. The sound will be destroyed, but who cares?

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Leave the bridge very high and put the soundpost right under the treble side of the bridge - your violin becomes very loud, regardless of its origin. The sound will be destroyed, but who cares?

Not necessarily the case described.  I'd like to see photos of the fiddles as currently set up. (and links to the sellers over on The Auction Scroll).  The tone may improve with use.  I had a cheap Chinese (but, granted, a "custom", not a numbered version "trade" violin) suddenly and pleasantly surprise me after it got about 5 years of age on it.  More data please  :) .

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IIRC, there was nothing unusual about the set up on both violins. The bridges didn't look high and the sound posts looked like in the correct position. One of them was sold so I won't be able to see it again. But the other one is still being played by my friend. Next time she comes over I hope I can take some pictures. 

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