Recently, older violins ranging from the late 1800s to the middle of the 1960s have been finding their way to my restoral bench with some regularity. I have enjoyed repairing all of them and have seen again how important the wood quality choice is in determining the sound of an instrument. It's always wonderful to come across a violin that has beautiful top grain and pronounced flame in the back and ribs. But the actual tonal pitch and ringing quality of the plates control the ultimate element of an instrument's sound, whether or not it is highly figured. And interestingly, all these instruments possess very resonant wood, as I have come to expect coming from this time period. I feel privileged to have had the honor of bringing them back to life. Come to our shop and play them. Your new instrument awaits you!

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