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Click to enlargeAntiqued Violin by Chinese Master Jia Ming Pao, Beijing - One Piece Back

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This antiqued violin is made with refined craftsmanship and exceptional taste by Maestro Pao in his renowned Beijing violin workshop in China.  The term "antiqued" is used to describe the technique used by violin makers to make a violin look older than it actually is.  The varnish of this violin has been made to look like an old violin where the varnish on certain areas of the violin have been worn out and is lighter in coloration than the original varnish.  Many people prefer the older antique look on a violin since good antique violins are rare and valuable.  With the antiqued look, this violin not only produces great sound it is also very beautiful to look at like a piece of art.

This violin is a very special model in our collection. It comes with a beautiful one piece back.  This highly unique flamed back enhances the esthetic value of the violin. The quality of wood used on this violin is exceptional.  It has a very tight grain spruce for the violin top.  Highly flamed curly maple is used throughout the violin: scroll, neck, side, and violin back.  There is no doubt that the best wood was used to make this violin.

This violin is tastefully antiqued throughout.  The violin top is antiqued with darkened color around the bridge.  Around the f-holes, the varnish is rubbed off the wood to create additional antique effect.  The antique effect is exquisite on the back of the violin.  The varnish is beautifully lightened at the lower part of the violin back to replicate the look of an old violin where the varnish comes off after long term usage.  The upper left of the violin back is also lightened.  This is the spot where the varnish of an old violin would come off from being played in high positions.

This violin is of early 2005 vintage year from Maestro Pao's workshop.  It has since been in the Music Basics collection and has been allowed to age before being released for sale.  The aging process allows the different elements that make up a violin (all the different wood parts bent to form the violin, varnish, glue that holds the violin together, tension from the strings, etc.) to settle.  Ultimately, the purpose of the aging process is to allow the violin to mature so it can produce a warmer, fuller and resonating sound, like an old violin.  A newly made violin requires time for its sound to open up because there is a lot of tension in the violin: tension in the wood bent to form the violin, new varnish coated on the violin creates an additional source of tension, etc.  Hence, a new violin will sound like a "new violin".  The delayed release of this violin for sale has allowed the violin some aging time and will let you enjoy the violin's full potential sooner rather than having to wait for the violin to mature.

The violin also comes with a Pernambuco bow and a suspension case.  The bow is made out of professional grade Pernambuco with Mongolian horsehair providing great stability/flexibility, control, and sound volume/projection.  The archtop design of the case provides solid strength to the overall integrity of the case hence providing the utmost protection for the viola stored inside it.  It also features well padded handle, large subway handle, accessory compartment, and full length music pocket.  These features make carrying viola to lesson, school or orchestra practice easy.

This violin outfit comes with our 10-Day Monday Back Guarantee and Trade-In Guarantee.  

  • The 10-Day Monday Back Guarantee allows you to evaluate the violin in the comfort of your own home before making a purchase.  For details, please click on the link 10-Day Money Back Guarantee.  

  • The Trade-In Guarantee allows trading in for a bigger size or better violin at only a fraction of the cost.  For details, please click on the link Trade-In Guarantee.


  • Handcrafted by Chinese master violin maker Jia Ming Pao

  • One piece back.

  • Superior quality well seasoned spruce and maple to achieve the optimal playability and sound characteristics.

  • Features fully graduated solid spruce violin top, maple violin back, sides, neck, and scroll

  • Violin top is made out of superior quality well pronounced and seasoned spruce.  The quality of the spruce used to make the violin top is one of the major factors affecting the sound quality of a violin.

  • Violin scroll, neck, side, and back are made with highly flamed premium quality maple.  Flamed is a term used to describe the amount of grain (wood pattern) in maple.  Using higher flamed maple to make the side and back of the violin increases both aesthetics and value of the violin.

  • Real inlaid purfling on both the violin top and back

  • Tuning pegs are made out of superior quality ebony wood for trouble-free tuning.

  • Fingerboard is also made out of superior quality ebony for solid playability. The hardness of ebony wood protects the fingerboard from denting by the fingernail.  Dents on the fingerboard make it very difficult to play the violin in tune.

  • Ebony tailpiece and nut provides stability to string intonation

  • Ebony chinrest

  • E string adjuster (fine tuner)

  • Fitted with Dominant violin strings - the world's most popular strings used by professional violinists.  Dominant strings produce warm and harmonious sound and are less susceptible to temperature and humidity changes.

  • Fully fitted maple bridge

  • Made in Beijing, China

  • Size: 4/4

  • Vintage Year: Early 2005


  • The bow is made out of professional grade Pernambuco wood providing stability, playability and control.  Pernambuco is the wood used for making professional violin bows.  It provides the firmness and flexibility needed for bow stroke control.  In addition, it also compliments the tonal projection of the violin. 

  • The bow comes with professional grade Mongolian horsehair providing sound volume and projection.

  • Ebony frog, silver winding, and leather grip

  • 1 large rosin with wooden holder


The wood archtop hardshell case provides the utmost protection for the violin stored inside it.  The hardshell case provides solid strength to the overall integrity of the case.  The arch shape design of the case top adds additional rigidity to the case.  This design is valuable in providing uncompromising case integrity in the event of accidentally placing heavy load on top of case and protecting violin's most vulnerable parts.  

The case also comes with many other protection features for the violin: deluxe 4-point suspension cushions, neck strap, blanket, and soft neck cushion.  The well padded handle and large subway handle make carrying the violin very comfortable.  The shoulder strap offers the option of carrying the case over your shoulder.  

No longer do you need to carry multiple bags for music lessons or orchestra practices.  This case has room for everything.  In addition to holding violin and bows, the case has a large accessory compartment for shoulder, rosin, strings and other items, and a string tube for strings.  The case also offers full case length outside music pocket that can hold a lot of music and other accessories.

  • Well padded wood shell sturdy case with nylon cover for protection against rain or drink spills.
  • Deluxe 4-point suspension cushion design - soft cushions for lower, upper, tailpiece, and neck areas of the violin hold the violin securely and absorb shocks and movements during transit and accidental drop.
  • Covered Velcro neck strap and soft neck support hold the violin securely from movement
  • A well-padded full-size silk blanket protects the violin against loose items in the case
  • 4 bow holders
  • String tub holder and string tube included.  String tube is used for holding new straight strings or used strings, protecting the strings from wear and tear while in storage.
  • 1 large accessory compartment for storing shoulder rest, rosin, strings, etc. (5" Width, 8-1/2" Length,  2-1/2" Depth)
  • Full length large outside music pocket (10" Width by 31" Length) for holding lots of music and accessories
  • 1 adjustable shoulder straps with comforter is included.  The shoulder strap is 1-7/16" wide, making it very comfortable to use.
  • Well padded handle making it very comfortable to carry the violin
  • Large subway strap (end handle) - this handle allows the violin to be carried in the upright position with one hand.  Very convenient while in the subway and bus.
  • Multiple anchors allow you to carry the case with a shoulder strap in the most comfortable position
  • Black exterior and light green felt lining interior
  • Case dimensions: 31" Length, 10" Width,  6" Height
  • Weight: 6 lb 8 oz

( ~~ REGULAR LIST PRICE: $3,995.00 ~~ )

Availability: Usually ships the next business day

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