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S234, Viola, “Malcolm Collins”, #20, Upper Hutt, New Zealand, 1985
This is a relatively early viola by esteemed Upper Hutt violin maker Malcolm Collins – last year (2014) Malcolm made viola #60. A viola player himself, Malcolm has always been eager to keep his violas within a manageable size while enhancing depth and richness of tone. To this end, he favours a medium body size, broad bouts and deep ribs. The workmanship of this instrument is exquisite, as ever, and the pale gold varnish enhances the wood without hiding any detail.
S223 violin, Zhu Hua Jie, Shanghai, China, 1994$ 10,000.00
Zhu Hua Jie made this strongly-modelled violn, with its bold edges and beautifully flamed maple back, in 1994, two years after winning a silver medal for tone at the 1992 Violin Society of America International Competition in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The tone of this instrument is strong, brilliant, and would suit an experienced player. The pegs, tailpiece, and endpin are elaborately carved from genuine boxwood.
S236, 4/4 Violin, “Huai Li Ming”, Auckland, NZ, 1996$ 10,000.00
Huai Li Ming came to New Zealand in the early 1990’s, working first for Noel Sweetman before joining the Stringed Instrument Company workshop for two years. This violin was made not long after he established his own workshop, and is typical of his instruments from this period. The violin has an immediate, almost explosive response – playing it is rather like riding a pedigree race horse and can promise an exhilarating experience for those wanting a dynamic, exciting sound. Not for the faint-hearted.
S322 Unlabelled, probably German, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 10,000.00
This handsome violoncello is a step up from the usual European trade instrument, with good-quality materials, construction and tone. The varnish is an attractive golden amber colour and the maple back is well-flamed. The tone is clear, lively, rich and resonant across all four strings.
S327 Adrian Studer, Nelson, New Zealand 2000$ 11,000.00
This handsome, 16 ¼ inch viola by the Swiss-born-and-trained violin maker, Adrian Studer, is modelled after the early Brescian style, with broad upper and lower bouts, generous arching that rises from a point close to the double purfling line, and elongated, narrow ‘f’ holes. The varnish is a warm golden-orange colour, antiqued with Studer’s characteristic craquillure, and the tone is dark and deep.
S381 Harold Walker, Illinois, No.3, 1977$ 12,000.00
Harold Walker was an American violin maker with an association, both formal and informal, with Carl Becker, of the prestigious violin shop “Carl Becker and Son”, in Chicago. He sometimes worked in Becker’s shop and was also a great fishing buddy. While he isn’t noted as a top professional maker, Walker made very playable, well-crafted instruments. This viola has a full, warm lower range and a clear upper register. It was the preferred instrument of a professional player for many years.
B955 “Officina Claudio Monteverde” oversigned “Gio Maria Ceruti”, Cremona 1923$ 12,000.00
The Cremona workshop “Officina Claudio Monteverde” was established by Aristide Cavalli in 1880. “Gio Maria Ceruti” denoted one of their models rather than having any attachment to the famous family of violin makers by that name. The instrument is handmade however, with some attention to detail, though lacking the rather exaggerated delicacy of the “Aristide Cavalli” model. The tone is rich and warm in the lower strings, with a clear, open E string.
S328 Anthony Elmsly viola$ 12,000.00
A 2016 instrument by specialist viola maker Anthony Elmsly. With a body length of 41.3cm (41.6 over the arch) this is a classic, manageably sized instrument, with the design based on some of the most successful alto sized models in history; the much copied “Conte Vitale” and “Primrose” violas by Andrea Guarneri. The sound of this instrument is strong and even across the range.
S283 Antonio Strings ASLH # 605 cello and GEWA hard case$ 13,880.00
The “LH” of this cello’s instrument code stands for Ling Hua, or (in full) Zhenghua Ling. Zhenghua is a highly successful Shanghai maker who has won two prizes in the Violin Society of America competition for his own violins. He used his success to move away from mass production of cheap instruments and focus his now-much-smaller manufacturing workshop on making good-quality student and professional instruments.
The maple and spruce used in the #605 cello series is sourced in Europe, and the golden-orange varnish is based on a Northern Italian recipe. The maple in this cello has a light but attractive flame, and the spruce has a fairly open grain. The workmanship is very good and the cello has a strong, projecting tone suitable for advanced student performance.
B918 Adrian Studer, Nelson 1990$ 14,000.00
It isn’t often we feature the owner of an instrument but this viola and its player have played such an important role in Dunedin’s musical life we feel the following biography needs no apology. Jack Speirs studied composition, music history, conducting, violin and viola in Edinburgh and Berlin before taking up a lectureship in music at the University of Otago in 1965. He was well-known as a violin and viola teacher, composer, orchestral and chamber music player, and soloist. He was musical director of the Dunedin Civic orchestra, now the Southern Sinfonia, for 15 years. This viola has a rich, warm, clear sound with a strong, projecting bass. As with all Studer’s instruments it is beautifully made.
S333 Edward Burr, Wellington, New Zealand 1927$ 15,000.00
Edward Burr was New Zealand’s first professional full-time luthier, setting up his workshop in Wellington in 1921 and producing over 155 instruments before his death in 1938. He had made well over 100 violins before he embarked on his first cellos in 1927, but made up for lost time by producing four of them in the space of a year. The wood is well-chosen: the back and ribs have a narrow, light flame and the neck and scroll are particularly handsome, with a strong narrow flame which is enhanced by the golden brown varnish used over the whole instrument. This would be an excellent instrument for a talented and advancing student.
B990 Noel Sweetman, #17, Cambridge, New Zealand, 1996$ 22,000.00
This is a very representative example of Noel Sweetman’s work of that period, during which he made a number of cellos on this large Stradivari model. The varnish is a warm golden brown colour and the maple of the back has a very narrow, regular, attractive flame. The workmanship is very good, and the tone is clear and projects well. This instrument would be suitable for an advanced student or a young professional player.