1920s Gagliano-copy French-made 3/4 Violin

While it doesn't look upscale, the moment you hit a note on this you can tell that it's a few cuts above the average fractional instrument. It sounds just as good as plenty of 4/4 instruments that pass through the shop and has a good feel, too. It's quick and easy in the hand.

Its main label states that it's a Gagliano copy and a secondary label tells us it was made in France. A little sussing-out on the net suggests a Mirecourt firm like JTL or Laberte as the maker.

In any case, it's in good shape and crack-free. The fingerboard is ebonized maple (not actual ebony) and the pegs are, too, but the body is cut nicely and made from tight-grained wood.

Repairs included: seam repairs, setup, cleaning, adjustments.

Made by: unsure

Model: Nicholaus Gagliano copy

Made in: France

Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: solid maple

Bridge: maple

Fingerboard: ebonized maple

Neck wood: maple

String height: classical
Strings: unsure, but good quality

Neck shape: slim C

Neck relief: hair of relief

Scale length: 11 3/4"

Nut width: 25/32"

Body length: 12 3/4"

Body width: 7 3/8"

Body depth: 1 3/8"

Weight: 13 oz

Condition notes: it's in good order and shows average usewear throughout the finish. The scroll has a small chip-out in it. The tailpiece is a newer replacement with 4 fine tuners, the bridge is a parts-bin older replacement, and the chinrest is an older replacement as well. The pegs and the rest of the instrument appear to be original.

It comes with: an old hard case.