Violin by Ch. J.B. Collin-Mezin, Paris 1914
This violin has a sweet, bright, clean voice with rich overtones. It carries well on the E string, particularly in higher registers. Overall, it has an elegant sound that projects very well.
It has a one-piece back and is highly flamed with matching ribs, neck and scroll. The varnish is a luminous light to medium golden brown. The is signed internally on the back plate. The violin has a delicate neck and would be ideal for a player with a smaller hand. It is easy to play in the upper positions.
Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin (1841–1923) was a French maker of violins, violas, cellos, basses and bows. His instruments follow the models of Stradivarius, Guarnerius and Amati. He was an Officier de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts and won gold and silver medals at the Paris Exhibitions in 1878, 1889, and 1900.
This violin will suit up to an advanced to tertiary level student and beyond. It would be very suitable for a soloist as well.
Length of back: 355mm