First is a Guarneri model "Master Art" Otto Ernst Fischer violin from Shar...the tone is described as "dark, sonorous and focused".
The other (and more expensive) violin is the Sofia "Master Art" violin with a tone described as "smooth and mellow, yet clear". Does that mean it's "brighter"??
I prefer a darker sound in violins and like the Guarneri type. The text in the catalog seems to indicate that the Sofia's are individually handmade (and therefore cost more)and so I am assuming they are a higher quality violin.
Also, Shar says that you have 60 days to try the violin and can return it for a refund if it isn't to your liking. Has anyone had any difficulties with Shar? (I've bought some small accessories from them and they were great, but this is a bigger item!).
Any insights or personal experience with either of these two types of violins is appreciated!