|Whatever age of violin you choose, a well-made instrument will improve over time. A poorly made instrument however old may never develop a tone to die for, in fact the tone may deteriorate as the instrument gets older. At Dance of Delight we appreciate this and our approach is designed to minimise the guesswork and risk. Here's what we do:
With our new instruments we work with the manufacturers to ensure the instruments are carefully selected before we accept them. We then take at least two hours to fine-tune the setup of every single one of our new instruments before we offer them for sale. We adjust or replace the soundpost and bridge, lubricate the pegs and dress the fingerboard. After that we put on a brand new set of strings. We believe this is what you'd expect and we include all this in the price so when you purchase from us, not only is the instrument is ready to play, but it will improve over time.
With our old instruments, we live with each instrument for many weeks, carefully trying out various combinations of strings, tailpieces, bridge and soundpost settings. We are also include accurate photographs and descriptions - this is particularly important where there's anything which gives the instrument its special, individual character.
With all our instruments we make a sound recording under controlled conditions with repeatable microphone placements so you have a reliable reference to compare the unique tone quality of each violin - and decide which one is right for you.
Please also see our returns policy. We want you to be totally happy with your purchase.