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MAGNIFICIENT FRENCH-SWISS 1912 ALFRED VIDOUDEZ VIOLIN.
MAGNIFICIENT-FRENCH-SWISS-1912-ALFRED-VIDOUDEZ-VIOLIN
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Seller refurbished
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Jun 16, 2012
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US $16,500.00
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Item location:
Wichita, Kansas, United States

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G., B. & J. Ray Fine violins
2525 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67211
tel: (316) 684-0291

A superb and rare violin by ALFRED VIDOUDEZ, made in Geneva in 1912, a copy of a "decorated" Stradivarius (ref: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford).

It's come to us in pristine original condition, wearing a rich red-brown varnish, no cracks or damage of any kind.

Born in Geneva in 1879, Alfred Vidoudez won gold medals at a number of international competitions. As the Henley Atlas notes, "Every detail of the design shows perfect knowledge. Tonal quality has a refreshing abundance of brilliance, clearness and smoothness".

Back length is 356 mm.

Certification from two international appraisers is available and is included in the selling price.

The instrument is a clean and original example of the work of the finest of the French-Swiss luthiers.

International "hand to hand" delivery is possible on this superb violin.

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Gary, Beryl and Jonathan Ray are the principals of a small musical instrument emporium located in the center of the USA. In business since 1953, we’ve had the same owner since 1963.

It’s sometimes possible to buy a good instrument on Ebay for a lower price, but unless it has had proper set-up, you won’t know how it plays until you spend another several hundred to have it put in top condition. With a violin from OUR shop, you know it’s in the finest condition when it arrives at your home!

We maintain a repair department capable of restoration work of the highest quality. Even though repairs are essentially “free” and part of our warranty for the first two years, after that period has expired, we remain at your service to maintain and repair your musical equipment forever. It’s our “service after the sale” promise and has been since 1953!

Anything we sell can be sent to you for a short approval period without obligation. We collect NO SALES TAX, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Kansas. The customer is responsible for shipping and insurance and must pre-pay back to us any freight and insurance charges on returned equipment.

International shipping is available. Returned items will be refunded within 3 weeks of receiving the item. We’re happy to send any instrument “on approval” for ten days, but ask the prospective buyer to pay shipping both ways and to reimburse us for Ebay, clean-up and restocking charges (2.95%) on any returned instrument.

VISA/MASTERCARD/DISCOVER/MONEY ORDER/CHECK/WIRE TRANSFER ACCEPTED. Credit cards not accepted from some countries and we must ship to the credit card billing address with exceptions made at our discretion.

We’re happy to respond to any and all questions about violins and other musical instruments, but please don’t write and ask “What’s granny’s Stradivarius worth?” Regretfully, we are unable to give opinions on stringed instruments without a visual inspection in our workshop in Wichita.

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The acquisition of an artist-quality violin can be a frustrating experience. In our opinion, the best means to minimize those frustrations is to try two, even three, instruments side-by-side. Yes, we always have a small selection of late 19th. / early 20th. century violins in our collection and encourage a client to have us send two or three violins, of similar price, to them “on approval”. A small security deposit is required, but full payment for the entire shipment is not required.

Those considering the acquisition of an artist-quality violin might be interested in our opinion concerning value and pricing.

The value of any violin depends, in our opinion, on many different factors:

Condition of the instrument. Any violin that’s sustained damage to the top and especially to the back, will have a lower value than an instrument in pristine condition.

Size is crucial to determining value. The ideal length of back is 356-357 mm.

Cheaper violins have not had the attention given to the proper voicing of the top and backs of the instruments. Many of today’s “better” violins have tops that are often 5 or 6 mm thick. Instruments that have the best sound are those that have tops and backs that have been hand-carved by the maker to “Stradivarius dimensions”: about 2.5 mm under the bridge, a bit thinner toward the edges and 3 or 3.2 mm where the top and back is glued to the ribs. Proper voicing is time-consuming, but results in a violin that has the finest tone quality.

The actual maker of the instrument is, arguably, the most important factor in determining value. Please remember that 99.99% of the “Stradivarius” violins in the world wear labels that are false. There are NO “unknown” violins by Stradivarius, Guarnerius, Maggini, Amati, or Stainer. There ARE a few quality German and French violins that bear these labels and also those of the maker.

Gary, Beryl and Jonathan Ray are the principals of a small musical instrument emporium located in the center of the USA. In business since 1953, we’ve had the same owner since 1963.

Our specialty is better-quality French violins of the first half of the 20th. century. We’re very particular about items we acquire for our clients and give special consideration to violins that have sustained minimal damage or serious repairs.

We maintain a repair department capable of restoration work of the highest quality. Even though repairs are essentially “free” and part of our warranty for the first two years, after that period has expired, we remain at your service to maintain and repair your musical equipment forever. It’s our “service after the sale” promise and has been since 1953!

Anything we sell can be sent to you for a short approval period without obligation. We collect NO SALES TAX, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Kansas. The customer is responsible for shipping and insurance and must pre-pay back to us any freight and insurance charges on returned equipment.

International shipping is available. Returned items will be refunded within 3 weeks of receiving the item. We’re happy to send any instrument “on approval” for ten days, but ask the prospective buyer to pay shipping both ways on any returned item.

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We’re happy to respond to any and all questions about violins and other musical instruments, but please don’t write and ask “What’s granny’s Stradivarius worth?” Regretfully, we are unable to give opinions on stringed instruments without a visual inspection in our workshop in Wichita.

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