I've owned many violins over the years. The only one I've kept is this one.
This is an early 20th century Czech 3/4 violin. It wasn't very well built to begin with and has suffered many shoddy repairs over the years. I certainly didn't do it justice with my handiwork but after regluing many open seams, lessening the bulge in the tail button area, planing and restaining the board, refitting the nut and fitting a new bridge, it does have a nice soft tone, not dead but not sharp and brittle like a new violin.