I own two violins and three bows.
Among them, one violin and one bow are, I think, very good ones
to my playing level. They are my Vittorio Filippi violin and my André
My Vittorio Filippi violin
My violin was made in Frascati (Rome, Italy) in 1981 by
Vittorio Filippi. The internal label says "Vittorio Filippi fece in
Frascati 1981" and is signed by the maker. I also own an autenticity
certificate, signed by the maker as well.
The tone of this violin is a powerful one, slightly on
bright side. The sound projection is good too.
bought this violin in 2004 from a private dealer on behalf of its
previous owner. I was given three violins - about in the same price
range - to test them and eventually choose one. I asked my teacher to
play the same piece on them without letting me know which instrument he
was playing (I was not looking at him). Therefore, I chose my Filippi
with a "blind test".
A few restoration works were made on this violin after I
bought it. First, the original fingerboard was a little warped, so it
was replaced with a new one by luthier Eriberto Attili (Rome). The same
luthier also made and fitted a new bridge and a new soundpost. Later,
another luthier, Gilberto Losi (Valcanneto, Rome) replaced the original
pegs with new, stilish ones.
Please, click on the picture on the left for a full-res
version of it (2.35 MB, a new window will open).
My André Dugad bow
My pernambuco-wood bow mas made by the French bow maker André
likely in the 1960's. Its metal features are in gold. This fact
witnesses the really good quality of the bow.
After I bought this bow in 2005, the internal screw in the
ebony frog that is necessary
to tighten the bow hair was replaced with a new one by luthier Gilberto
Losi. The old one was slightly damaged.