Super Student Sustainable Violins of Nottingham, England.
3/4 size and 1/2 size
“This violin is absolutely gorgeous to look at and just as beautiful to listen to, a real gem. It’s the sort of violin you fall in love with before you even try it.
In general, the tone of this violin is clear, bright and sweet. The top end is incredibly responsive and can really handle showman pieces like the Hungarian Dance by Nolck. The lower end to be less responsive and a little more muted than the top end, but it still carries its weight and is not off putting by any means.
This would be a great violin for a first violinist or soloist in a more advanced student orchestra as it’s volume and clarity of tone would cut through above the rest and certainly do justice to a more confident player.”
A Very Nice Antique BIENFAIT VIOLIN 3/4 Size
"This violin is a great violin for an intermediate student looking for something that can produce a far more listenable sound than the standard entry level violin brands. It’s the perfect entry violin for the serious player."
In the video below, Ursula Donnelly plays Grave Adagio by Albinoni on it and writes that she "... found it to have a very clear, full bodied, no nonsense tone that could handle Baroque music very well. A great orchestral instrument. The higher end is a little on the brighter side and the lower end also full toned without being harsh on the ear. All in all a very solid, dependable instrument."
"The Maidstone" Good 3/4 Size Antique and Vintage Violins made in Saxony
"The Maidstone" violins were for the most part made in small workshops in Saxony. That is the case for all the 3/4 Maidstones in my collection.
All 3/4 size Maidstone violins in my collection are for sale at £130 each.
The others for sale can be seen demonstrated on video with more information about them on my blogsite:
1. A 3/4 size Maidstone violin (£130) Here (arguably the best of the 4)
2. Another 3/4 size Maidstone (£130) Here
3. Another 3/4 size Maidstone (£130) Here
A Little Red 3/4 Antique Saxony Violin
This 3/4 size violin is perfect for a child of around age 9-12. This violin is a great all-rounder, balanced in terms of sound and playability between the high, mid and low range of notes. It is for sale for £125
Ursual Donnelly writes: "If your child is a good player, they will be able to get a good sound out of this instrument,which is really, really important! This means that they will be able to play the intermediate to advanced grades on this instrument without being limited by the quality of the instrument.
The only very slight drawback of this violin is that the tone is a little thin, or reedy, in places. However, this is not unusual for a smaller violin and in comparison to what else is on the market within this price range, it sounds significantly better."
A 1/2 Size 1985 Suzuki Violin. Anno Model. No220
This violin has been approved by the Suzuki school of violin in Japan. Suzuki is one of the most respected violin methods in the world, making this a great choice, for a student’s first ever violin, or as they step up in quality, the next violin for a student of classical music. This violin is for sale for £130
Romanian 1/2 Size Violin
Ursualla Donnelly writes about this violin, which is for sale for £110
"This violin may not look like much at first, but it is a cut above the standard factory made half size violins making it a great first instrument. The sound is sweeter than you’d expect for such a tiny instrument, and boy can it handle Romanian folk music! Hardly a surprise given it was made in Romania.
It’s tone is muted yet loud at the same time. This means that it isn’t over resonant (bright) making it easier for the student to get a nice sound when they are first starting, without being screechy. It has a soulful silkiness to it that is completely unique to this instrument. At the same time, it carries through so would suit a more confident player. It has character, it’s enjoyable to listen to and is very playable.
I personally love the sound of this instrument as I love Romanian folk music. However, it would be perfectly good as a very first or second purchased instrument for a classical student as well."