A couple people have asked for recommendations for a more mellow sounding violin. I recently purchased the Tia Bruna which is pretty mellow and I couldn’t be happier. Actually it’s quite balanced which is the reason I was interested in it in the first place. I used the Try-Before-You-Buy program and I would recommend that others do that as well. I also bought a “B” stock which saved me hundreds! You can ask Michael to send you photos and make color choices, and I’m sure ask for one of the mellower sounding ones. His customer service it top notch and he really wants to give you what you want, even if you’re not sure what that is just yet. I ended up having 2 different Tia’s sent and they were quite different from one another. Neither was bad, one of them was just better. If the Tia is a little more than you want to spend, the Vitale would be my next choice. Again, don’t be afraid to ask Michael to select one that is on the mellow side. He is very helpful and would be happy to do it.