The final word on any violin that is to be played and not kept as a collector's item is simply this: how does it play and sound. Does it play evenly string to string? That is does the same clear tone and powerful resonance transfer evenly from one string to the next or does it require an external playing adjustment to even things out? Does it have the same rich sound albeit with a slightly grittier feel in the higher positions? How does the violin project in a more spacious hall? How does it sound right out of the case, on the first draw of the bow?
I can say unequivocally without hesitation that this instrument passes these tests and others with ease. But it is up to each individual player to make the same assessment for themselves. A violin purchase is not something to be done mail ordered out of a catalog because it looks nice and the price is right. I invite any advanced student or player in the Cape Cod area to set up an appointment to try out this fine instrument.
As previously stated, I make no attempt to copy whole any other existing violin. This violin definitely has its own unique appearance. The next will surely be inspired by this one, perhaps with similar emphasis on grain enhancing and slight tool markings but undoubtedly will have its own personality. The visual "feel" of this instrument is one of aged richness. Yet no attempt was made at any point in construction to make an authentically antiqued violin. If you are looking for either a new, bright, glossy untouched instrument or one intentionally antiqued to pass for an 18th century Stadivarius or Guarnerius you must look elsewhere. But if your desire is for an elegantly rich yet mysterious violin with a tone to match, I invite you to contact me for a test drive of my opus iii.William S. Walsman