2000s Faux-Vuillaume 4/4 Violin

This strange instrument came our way via consignment. It has a bogus label (done in ballpoint pen) in the bass f-hole that says it's a French Vuillaime-made instrument. This is clearly not 100+ years old when you get looking at it closely -- it looks like a newer, decent-grade, import violin -- probably Chinese or Korean? The finish has been "antiqued" when it was made, however, just like factories that produce violins have been doing since time immemorial. It's just funny to me to see a newer one using the techniques of 1900s-era factory fiddles.

Anyhow, it has a good sound, a good feel, and good fittings. I have no idea of the maker or the provenance but I would guess it's between 10 and 20 years old.

Repairs included: minor cleaning, bridge work, soundpost work, setup.

  • Weight: 1 lb 2 oz
  • Scale length: 12 7/8"
  • Nut width: 15/16"
  • Body length: 14"
  • Body width: 8 1/4"
  • Body depth: 1 1/2"
  • Top wood: solid spruce
  • Back & sides wood: solid flamed maple
  • Bridge: maple
  • Fingerboard: ebony
  • Neck wood: maple
  • String height: between fiddler low and classical medium
  • Strings: Thomastik of some sort
  • Neck shape: medium C/soft V
  • Neck relief: straight

Condition notes: it looks like an old fiddle at a glance, but when you look more closely you can tell it's a newer instrument (quite clean inside) with an antiqued finish and a completely (and hilariously) bogus Vuillaume label inside. So -- it has a new, varnish finish, but with an older look. It's a "relic" finish, so to speak.

It comes with: a case.

Consignment tag: R5