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C400 3/4 violin “Schumann Prodigy”, China, 2018$ 995.00
Like the “Paganini” violin outfits that have proved so popular, the “Schumann Prodigy” violins provide an excellent instrument for students in the early grades. They have a clear, resonant, balanced sound that speaks easily and has some depth and character. The pegs, fingerboard, chinrest and other fittings are of ebony, and the violin has received almost $500.00 worth of setting up work and strings in our own workshops. With a case and a reasonable bow, this outfit represents very good value for the price.
S324 3/4 violin “Stradivarius” copy, Czechoslovakia, early-mid-twentieth century$ 1,300.00
Even though this instrument was made in the amalgamated Czechoslovakia, some time after World War One, this ¾ violin is made in the French “Mirecourt” Stradivari style, with an even red-brown varnish and crisply carved edges. The maple back has an attractive, quilted flame. The tone is clear and sweet.
S374 3/4 violin, labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 1,500.00
Well-selected wood gives this German three-quarter violin warmth and depth of tone as well as brightness. The maple back has a handsome flame, which is matched in the ribs. The violin comes with a Bobelock ¾ case in very good condition.
S269 3/4 violin, unlabelled, Germany, late 19th or early 20th century$ 1,600.00
This skilfully-made, German, small ¾ sized violin has a sound to match its elegant appearance – refined yet clear and bell-like across all four strings. The maple back has an attractive, narrow flame. The violin comes with a fairly new, lightweight case.
C382 3/4 violin, unlabelled, French, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 1,850.00
This ¾ violin, made in Mirecourt over a hundred years ago, combines an attractive varnishing style with a clear, characterful sound that is easy to produce. Fully set up in our professional workshops, it comes with a new Bobelock case and would suit a medium or advanced student for whom the standard Asian options don’t offer enough tonal colour.
C396 3/4 violin, unlabelled, European, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 1,885.00
This charming three-quarter violin was probably made in Mirecourt, the French violin-making town in the Vosges. Crisp edge work in the French “Stradivari” style and elegantly carved ‘f’ holes are complimented by a golden orange-brown varnish with a mix of natural and “antiqued” wear. The tone is sweet and clear, with a bell-like resonance, and the potential to help an imaginative player explore tone colours and shape phrases.
S217, “Antonio Strings” ¼ size violin “ASLH” with case and “Gill” bow$ 1,975.00
This attractive and well-made violin was made in the Chinese workshops of Ling Hua Zhen, winner of the 2004 and 2008 Violin Society of America competition. Ling Hua’s excellent understanding of violin making can be seen in both construction and wood selection. The varnish is an appealing golden brown colour. The violin is accompanied by a good case and a German “Gill” bow, and would suit a talented six to seven year old player.
S317 1/2 violin Jürgen Klier, Mörendorf, Germany, early 21st century$ 2,700.00
The Klier family have been active as violin makers and manufacturers for several generations. The Jürgen Klier workshops are based in Mörendorf, an outlying town northwest of the major violin making centre of Bubenreuth. This half-sized violin has been well made, with a strongly scraped, attractively antiqued varnish. The tone is very good for a small instrument, with warmth, depth and clarity. The violin has been well set up and is very easy to play.
It comes with a sturdy, oblong case and a bow.
S407 7/8 violin unlabelled, German, but in the French Mirecourt style, late nineteenth or early 20th century$ 2,750.00
While large three-quarter or small full-size violins abound, it is rare to come across a genuine seven-eighths violin. These instruments were made as “ladies’ violins” for people of smaller adult build or with smaller hands. This example, with a back length of 347.5mm, or just under 13 ¾ inches, has a red-brown varnish and crisp edges very much in the style of the French Mirecourt workshops, but is probably made in Germany: the original label, now lost, would probably have used the term “Französische”. The tone is clear and even, and speaks easily.
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.