I am going to buy a German Roth
I have been looking around for a year or so to buy a fiddle. I tried a few now, and the latest I tried was a brand new Roth. It caught my hear for the cleanness of the sound( this also has been mentioned in another discussion) and is in my price range. I think the bass sound better than the high but still the high are not bad at all.
One little thing, it got 2 stripes in the varnish each sides of the fiddle on the top. The "luthier" retailer, who is trustable and very good fiddle player, told me that it is not a weakness and should not break and assure me that he would fix it for free if anything happens because of this. Of course, I got about 10% off because of this.
I am studying dendrochronology, the study of tree ring, and it seems to me that it is the same growing ring on each side of the fiddle that has this stripe. I would almost think that the tree had a trauma that year and the varnish somehow penetrate more in that one particular ring.
I love the sound of it and it is one of the best sounding fiddle I tried in that price range.
What would you do! Any advices, opinions?