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  • C339, Jay Haide, “À l’ Ancienne”, “Il Cannone” model, Ifshin violins, USA/China, 2010

    $ 3,200.00

    Jay Haide violins are skilfully handmade in China under the supervision of the prestigious USA violin shop, Ifshin violins. This instrument is closely modelled on violin of 1742, although the scroll has been carved more elegantly than the original. It has a full set-up from our workshops, including Obligato strings. This violin, with its golden red-brown varnish and subtle antiquing, has a clear, resonant, attractive tone over its whole range, and represents very good value for money.

     

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  • C366 Copy of Sebastian Kloz, Germany 1904

    $ 3,300.00

    Names of old masters inside European-manufactured violins of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are immensely common, and many of these instruments bear little resemblance to the style of the maker they purport to copy. This violin, with a facsimile label of Sebastian Kloz, is a very pleasing exception, employing an outline, arching, scroll and ‘f’ hole style strongly reminiscent of the Kloz family, the premier violin making dynasty of Mittenwald, in the Bavarian Alps. The wood choice and the attractive golden-red varnish complement a clear, sweet, elegant tone.

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  • S142 Carl Sandner “Stradivarius”copy violin, model “Rex”, Mittenwald, Germany

    $ 3,500.00

    Carl Sandner was a good violin maker in his own right, but most of the instruments with this label are from the large violin manufacturing workshop he established in Mittenwald, in the Bavarian Alps. This is one of the workshop’s better models, hand-finished with a soft, amber-coloured spirit varnish, and with a well-selected, one-piece maple back. The tone is clear and resonant.

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  • S340 Labelled “Michael Seitz in Mittenwald” Germany, mid-late nineteenth century

    $ 3,500.00

    Despite the rather elegantly-written label, the origins of this violin are obscure, with no strong likelihood of a connection with Southern Bavaria. The style is a little reminiscent of the Kloz school, however, though the choice of wood and the construction of the lower rib are not. The tone is clear and silvery, with a reasonable volume and ease of production. The varnish is a dark brown colour, with a lightly scraped finish on the belly.

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    S226 “Mastri” 3/4 violin

    $ 3,500.00

    “Mastri”, Markneukirchen, Germany 2010.

    Mastri violins has produced a wide range of good quality student instruments since 2004, but its training and expertise are rooted in the violin making tradition of the Vogtland. This attractive small violin is varnished in the modern Markneukirchen style with a lightly antiqued, golden red-orange finish. The maple, one-piece back has a narrow, regular flame, and the violin is set up with good quality fittings and strings. The tone is surprisingly rich and resonant, fully justifying its price. The violin is accompanied by a modern case and good-quality pernambuco bow.

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  • S297 Zheng Tian Ming, Tianjin, China 2016

    $ 3,750.00

    This attractive handmade Chinese cello comes from a small workshop in Tianjin. The honey-coloured varnish is skilfully antiqued and the tone is clear and resonant.

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  • B912 3/4 size, Chinese, handmade, with hard case

    $ 4,000.00

    This small sized cello is a good example of the better quality student instruments currently made in China. The wood of both back and belly is well selected and the fingerboard is of ebony.

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  • B831 Jim Forrest, Auckland 2010

    $ 4,000.00

    This by contemporary New Zealand maker Jim Forrest violin has a narrow-waisted elegancy, amber orange oil varnish and a warm sound.

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  • C383 Nicolas Morlot “A la ville de Cremonne”, Mirecourt, France, mid-late nineteenth century

    $ 4,750.00

    Produced in the workshops of Nicolas Morlot, though probably some time after that maker’s death, this broadly arched and strongly modelled “Stradivari” copy is a step up from standard Mirecourt making of the time. The name is stamped onto the inside of the back plate in a triangular pattern surrounding the maker’s monogram. The varnish is a warm, golden orange-red, and the sound is even and resonant across all four strings.

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  • S344 Labelled “Stradiuarius”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries

    $ 5,500.00

    Although labelled “Stradiuarius” and endowed with the characteristic ‘f’ holes and square-ish ‘C’ bouts common to that generic pattern, this violin has a breadth across the middle bouts more reminiscent of French copies of Guarneri del Gesu. The varnish is a golden red-brown colour, attractively antiqued. The tone is smooth, with a creamy ease and evenness across all four strings.

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  • B934 3/4 size ‘Handarbeit aus Mittenwald’, Germany 1960

    $ 6,000.00

    It is unusual to find smaller cellos of this quality, suitable for either a young but advanced student or someone of small build. The varnish is applied in the French Mirecourt style and the “Stradivari” modelling is slim and elegant. The cello comes with a bow and soft bag.

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    S153 “The Stringed Instrument Co”, Auckland, 1993

    $ 9,000.00 $ 7,000.00

    This Stradivari-model viola was hand made in the workshops of the Stringed Instrument Company. The one-piece back has a very fine regular flame, sloping from right to left. The 16½ inch scale gives the lower strings strength while the upper register has a clear, open sound.

     

     

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  • S310 “Peter Madill”, Five-String Violin, Auckland, New Zealand, 1981

    $ 7,000.00

    Five-string violins, especially those custom-made as such, are very rare, and a real delight to play in a non-classical context, once the initial adjustment to having a low C string as well as an E string are made. This violin was made for Cath Newhook, who used it for a number of years in her country band “Gentle Annie”. It has been fitted with a Zeta five-string electric bridge and tailpiece, with a mini-jack plug fitting on the latter. This would be a great fiddle for adventurous explorers of the folk, country, blues or rock soundscapes.

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  • S128 Peter Madill, Dunedin, New Zealand 2013

    $ 7,000.00

    Peter Madill has always been attracted by a particular German interpretation of the Amati School, with tapering ‘f’ hole wings and delicate, narrow edges. This recently-made violin has a sweet tone, provided by the scooped Amatese arching, coupled with evenness and clarity.

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    B889 William Edward Smith, Wetherby, England 1905

    $ 9,000.00 $ 7,000.00

    This handsome viola has a strongly figured back and a warm, red-brown oil varnish. With a resonant, characterful tone, this instrument would be excellent for an advanced student or budding professional.

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  • S261 Labelled “Bergonzi”, China, 2007

    $ 7,750.00

    In the decade following the year 2000, a number of well-made violins and cellos were imported into New Zealand from China under the trade name “Bergonzi”. This cello is a typical example, finished with a warm, dark brown, spirit-based varnish, which complements the strikingly-flamed maple back, ribs and neck on the back. The workmanship of the edges and other details is crisp and assured. The instrument is responsive and balanced across all four strings; the A and D strings are particularly resonant.

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