ISSUE 24,  July 2016
INSTRUMENT FEATURE:   1923 Italian violin,
made in Aristide Cavalli’s “Monteverde” workshop

VIOLIN CASE: BAM 'Performance'

UPDATE: Travel restrictions for ivory.

VIOLIN - Cavalli, Italian 1923
This 1923 violin is very characteristic of the Monteverde workshop; easy to play and tune, and producing a big rich sound full of overtones. This full, warm, round sound is well balanced across all the strings and the violin is responsive to input from the player. The violin also has quite a slender neck, and all these qualities combine to create a very comfortable and enjoyable playing experience.

Aristide Cavalli established himself at Cremona, Italy, in 1880 and founded the firm “Officina C. Monteverde”. Instruments from the workshop are therefore often colloquially termed “Monteverde”. Cavalli was a highly regarded maker, decorated by the Italian government; he employed several makers in Cremona and taught at the violin making school in that town.

This is a fine instrument which is excellent value at $14,750

See our website for more info and photos:
BAM 'Performance' violin case 

This case is extremely lightweight, while still giving good protection for your instrument, with the added bonus of providing ample room for carrying accessories and music. Internal features include a compartment with plenty of room for a shoulder rest, tuner, etc. as well as two bow holders.  The soft velour inside lining covers the high density foam which is designed to be protective and shock absorbent. The outside cover is nylon, with a side handle and backpack straps, secured with a waterproof zipper. There are three external pockets, great for music and other accessories such as pick-ups and leads, headphones, pegs, etc. - making this an ideal 'gig case'.      $395
In our May 2016 newsletter we discussed travel restrictions for violin, viola and cello bows containing elephant ivory.  There are now new rules in place within the U.S.A., in regard to domestic trade in items which contain ‘de minimis’ (small/minimal) amounts of elephant ivory. String instrument bows having less than 200 grams will now be exempt from trade restrictions in the U.S.

Please note:
- this may not necessarily change any restrictions on the U.S. interstate movement of ivory, so if you intend to travel within the U.S. with your bow which contains ivory, be sure to check ahead of time with the U.S. authorities for an accurate update of the situation.

- this is U.S. domestic policy only, and does not change the legal requirements for traveling internationally with elephant ivory. If you intend to travel internationally with this material, you must obtain a CITES permit from the Australian CITES management authority:


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