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S359 Schuster and Co., Markneukirchen, Germany, early twentieth century$ 3,300.00
The Schuster family of violin makers spanned several generations, working both as individuals and establishing larger workshops to manufacture better-quality student instruments for the retail trade, of which this violin is a good example. The back is of well-flamed maple, set off with a golden yellow varnish which has been subtly antiqued. The tone is clear and smooth, with a strong G string and a pleasing ring to the upper strings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
S353 Unlabelled, European, probably French, mid-late nineteenth century$ 6,500.00
With its crisply-cut edges and neatly-mitred rib corners, this violin has the hallmarks of good Mirecourt hand-work, though with a more transparent, golden varnish than one sees on violins from the large manufacturing workshops. The sound is clear, even and characterful, with quality and projection extending into the higher positions. The back and ribs are of well-chosen, handsomely-flamed maple.
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.
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.
S153 “The Stringed Instrument Co”, Auckland, 1993
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.
S357 Robert Thain, Auckland, New Zealand, 1952$ 7,000.00
A Scotsman by birth, Robert Thain emigrated to Auckland around 1914, where, by the mid-1950’s, he had made a number of instruments. His oil varnishes, we suspect, owed too strong a debt to the theories of George Fry, but in this instance, the red-brown finish is more stable and less thick than we often see. Overall, this is a particularly fine example of Thain’s work, with a correspondingly attractive tone.
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.
S351 Johannes Rubner, Markneukirchen, Germany, 1985$ 8,500.00
Johannes Rubner’s workshops in Markneukirchen continued a long family tradition of making good student-quality cellos and double basses, a tradition that dates back to Josef and his son Otto Richard-Rubner, in the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
This instrument is in excellent condition, with a golden orange-red varnish that has developed a fine, attractive craquillure over most surfaces.
S316 “Thomas Warren” #19, New Zealand, 1981$ 9,000.00
For much of the late 20th century, Tom Warren was one of the most prominent and prolific violin makers in New Zealand. His instruments, made with exquisite craftsmanship, have been owned by many professional players, and his copies of Stradivari’s decorated violins, notably the “Hellier”, are stunningly executed. This violin is relatively early but is made with the same precision and elegance as any of his later instruments. It has a clear, even tone, with strength in the upper registers. The varnish is a warm brown-red colour, the scroll edges picked out in black in the French Stradivari style, in keeping with the cleanly cut edge work.