Debunking The Myth About Color Violins
Extracted from Strings Magazine

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Debunking Myths About Color Violins- Excerpted from Strings Magazine, March 2013

3 Myths About Painted Violins

  • Myth: Paint inhibits tone.
The notion that paint produces an inferior tone is pure speculation. After all, many inexpensive student violins are covered in a heavy polyurethane finish that offers no more chance for the wood to “breathe” than paint....

  • Myth: Painted violins are poorly constructed.
Many manufacturers of painted violins adhere to the same construction quality found on similarly priced stained and varnished student violins. ...

  • Myth: Painted violins are inherently unplayable.
Painted violins are no more or less playable than a comparable wood-finish student violin in the same price range. All the rules for selecting a student violin apply: check the set-up (the bridge, the string height, the neck angle, the comfort), the condition of the fingerboard, etc. Not all purple violins are created equal, so you should have an expert evaluate the sound, construction, and playability...
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