Violin by the Collin-Mézin workshop, Mirecourt, 1929

Violin by the Collin-Mézin workshop, Mirecourt, 1929

About the Collin-Mezin workshop

The Collin-Mézin workshop was a large, intergenerational business which was established in Paris by Charles Jean-Baptiste Collin-Mézin in the second half of the 19th century. In addition to being a luthier of exceptional quality, Collin-Mézin was a gifted marketer who was able to harness the star power of famous musicians to market his instruments and create a name for the workshop.

Collin-Mézin's son inherited the workshop upon his father's death in 1923, moving the business to Mirecourt 2 years later. In that town he established a much larger, more commercial business. This was in turn inherited by his own son, Charles Jean-Baptiste Collin-Mézin III: this continuation of the family trade means that there are large numbers of instruments from the Collin-Mézin workshop all around the world today.

About the violin

This violin was made in Mirecourt in 1929 and is modelled after the instruments of Guarneri 'del Gesù'.

The violin has a one piece back of tightly-flamed maple with ribs and scroll of similar wood. The front is two pieces of fine-grained spruce and the varnish is an unshaded reddish-brown.

The violin has a length of back of 357 mm.

How does it sound?

This is a warm and fruity violin which is even and comfortable to play. It has no shortage of volume but is predictable and reliable: this is not a violin that will embarrass its player by shouting out in orchestra!


The violin is in very good condition.

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