Jason wrote at 2015-03-27 02:18:28
The Knilling violin is similar to the E.R. pfreschzner violin, both are built for the world of student violins they are tough and durable and yes a little bit thicker in the wood however, this can be helped by installing a bright set of strings, a good tail piece and proper bridge work. I find helicore strings work well and that dominant strings that so many teachers like on other violins run a bit quiet, generally what is considered a "bright" string is going to be your best bet, and also will cost you less which is always good ! a nice wittner tail piece will cost you about 20.00, if it came with a Glasser bow and its in good shape it will be fine. stay away from a Chinese job unless its a Snow. your German made violin is a fine piece.
Questions on Violins (and Violas, Cellos, and Bows) concerning care, value (roughly), and other information on string instruments and bows.
Own a Violin shop in the Phoenix, AZ metro area, worked for many years with a Brazilian bow manufacturing company selling Pernambuco bows, Cello player, extensive contacts with most String shops around the US.
Organizations VSA (Violin Society of America)
Publications String Newsletter: "How to pick out the correct Bow", 2007
Education/Credentials BS from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. Taught HS in AZ from 1981-1990. Extensive training in bow identification, care, and maintenance.