So how does it sound? Please listen to me playing a less than perfect rendition of Rondeau from a grade 4 violin book and decide for yourself.
For me, the sound on this violin is much much louder than I was expecting. The G and D strings sound gorgeous a much richer tone than my old violin. I definitely think it was worth "re-carving" the base bar. The sound does seem a little closed in that its more dampened than ringing resonantly. I'm hoping with time and playing the sound will open up. From what I've read online it's going to take a couple of years for the oil varnish finish to completely harden and form bonds between each layer.
I love my new violin and I feel like I have a very close personal bond with this instrument. I love that my violin is blonde just like me. I'm so glad I started this project. How many other people can say they are the only person that has EVER played their violin!
But all that is going to change tomorrow because there is one other person I will let play my violin. I'm planning to take my newly finished violin to my lesson, show my teacher and she what she thinks. She specifically said I should bring it to a lesson once it was finished. I've been giving her weekly progress updates and I think she's really interested in seeing it and trying it out. Hopefully it won't be too out of tune by the time I get to her house.