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How to Choose and Distinguish the Quality of the Violin?

1. Identify the violin panel


The violin panel plays an important role in the sound quality of the violin. If the panel is not standardized, it will directly affect the sound quality of the violin. When choosing a violin, you have no way to measure the thickness of the panel. You can only observe it from its surface.


Ask the seller about the drying time of the wood of the violin panel. Generally, the violin panel needs to be naturally dried for about 5-10 years. It is better if the time is longer.


When selecting, you cannot measure and only watch the surface. First, the surface of the panel should not be scarred or repaired with pine oil. The annual rings should be straight and not too wide, about 2 mm is the best, and the spacing between the annual rings should be uniform.


2. Identify the back of the violin


The back of the violin is also very important. It forms the case with the top and the side frame. The wood of the back and top of the violin is the same, and it needs to be naturally dried for several years or even ten years before the violin can be made.


The wood of the backboard takes longer to dry than the wood of the top, because the backboard is slow to dry. When choosing a violin, some people think that the pattern will be selected first, which is understandable.


However, the sound of a backboard with a good pattern is not necessarily good. The backboard of a violin instrument with a second pattern may have a better sound than a backboard with a good pattern, so the pattern of the backboard is not the only criterion for choosing a violin.


3. Identify the side panels of the violin


The three parts of the violin side board, headstock, and back board are all made of the same piece of wood. If you observe that these three parts are not the same piece of wood, it may be a factory violin.


The side panel of the violin is easy to be bent when it is ironed and bent, especially the side panel of the violin with better pattern may not be completely bent, and may appear unsmooth or cracked.


4. Distinguish the violin head


The headstocks of violins made now are generally packaged and processed by others. They are generally machine-carved and then finely polished by hand. Therefore, when matching the piano case, there will be a phenomenon that does not match the pattern of the back panel.


Therefore, when choosing, observe the material pattern of the headstock of the violin, whether it is the same wood used for the back and side panels, so that it is easy to distinguish whether it is a factory piano or a violin made by a violin workshop.


5. Distinguish violin accessories


There are various grades of accessories for violins. Generally, high-quality and good violins will be equipped with high-end accessories, which means that a good horse is equipped with a good saddle.


It is also possible to watch accessories when choosing and distinguishing violins, but some may be equipped with high-end accessories in order to sell higher prices. However, as I said before, the key parts of the violin can be identified. 


6. The choice of violin strings


There are many grades of strings for violins, including nylon strings, steel strings, etc. Generally, high-end violins are equipped with imported nylon strings, so when choosing, you can ask what kind of strings are equipped.


7. Distinguish the violin code


There are also many grades of violin bridges, ranging from a few dollars cheap to hundreds or even thousands more expensive. The repair of a violin bridge is the key to observing the quality of a violin, but the repairs of each faction are different.


One thing is certain, that is, there should be no dead bends or knife marks in various parts of the violin bridge, that is, marks that cannot be left when trimming.


All the bridges you buy need to be repaired and trimmed manually. The factory piano may be simply trimmed, but the bridges made by the violin workshop will be carefully trimmed and trimmed. If you are a careful person, you can distinguish it by careful observation.


8. Distinguish the sound hole of the violin


The sound hole of a violin is also the place to observe the quality of a violin. The sound hole is like a human eye to be delicate, and the imperfection of the trim will affect the appearance.


You may not feel it if you are not a violin maker. The easiest way to distinguish is to observe whether the size of the sound hole beads on the left and right sides of the violin instrument is not the same, and whether the width of the holes on the left and right sides is the same.


9. Violin paint


Violin paint mainly depends on your hobbies, what kind of color you like, or you like antique or light antique, etc. Paint is divided into oil paint and alcohol paint, and there is another kind of paint that is harmful to the body, but please explain more. understand.


Therefore, when choosing a violin instrument, you must ask what kind of paint it is. Oil-based violins are more expensive than alcohol-painted violins, because the drying time of oil-based paint is longer, and it takes more than 1 year to completely dry.

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