Violins under $10,000
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C375 Paganini 500 series, 4/4 violin, “Paganini” China, 2016$ 995.00
The Paganini C500 series violins are fully hand-carved, using well-seasoned maple and spruce. Ebony pegs and fingerboard, and our own professional-fitted bridge and soundpost, along with Pirastro “Violino” strings, a carbonfibre adjuster tailpiece, a quality Brazilwood bow and an attractive and strong half-moon case, make this responsive instrument an excellent choice for students in the lower grades.
C378 Unlabelled, China 2017$ 1,350.00
Some quite remarkable instruments are coming out of China, in terms of value for money, and this violin is no exception. The workmanship is skilled and assured and the hand-applied red-gold varnish is very attractive. With the help of our full, professional set-up, the tone is clear, even, resonant and lacking entirely the harshness one often finds in violins at this price. It comes with a well-finished, lightweight, oblong case and a very serviceable bow.
C372 Unlabelled, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 1,650.00
This cheerful-looking violin, with its rich red-brown and gold varnish, was made for the lower end of the violin student market, but has a surprisingly sweet, clear, charming sound in a price bracket where most European violins are often nasal or muted by an over-heavy construction. A clue, perhaps, lies in the small “Amati” style ‘f’ holes with their large, curved nicks, in keeping with the somewhat “Amatese” tone of this instrument.
S270 Johannesburg 3/4 violin$ 1,750.00
3/4 violin made for J. J. van de Geest & Son Johannesburg, mid 20th century.
Attractively varnished in a mid-twentieth century German style, this violin probably originates from the Markneukirchen region. The back, ribs, neck and head are of nicely-chosen, well-flamed maple. The tone is surprisingly full for a small instrument, and would suit a more advanced young player.
B960 Saxon, labelled “Jacobus Stainer” Germany late 19th or early 20th century$ 1,800.00
While genuine Stainer violins have a higher arching than those of his contemporary Antonio Stradivari, later manufactured copies often have an exaggerated, step-wise modelling. This violin is typical of that genre. The varnish is a dark brown colour, and the sound is clear and speaks easily.
C377 Unlabelled, handmade, China 2017$ 1,975.00
This delightful, handmade Chinese violin has a clear, resonant, bell-like tone and an easy response, with plenty of depth on the lower strings. Expertly set up in our workshops, fitted with Pirastro “Violino” strings and accompanied by a well-finished, lightweight, oblong case and a very playable bow, this instrument would be ideal for a student moving into their first full-size violin, at a very reasonable price. The varnish is attractively antiqued in a style which would enhance a much more expensive instrument.
C364 “Stainer” copy, Germany$ 2,100.00
This violin is typical of many “Stainer” model instruments produced in Saxony at the turn of the twentieth century, with its high, squared arching, the modelling a rather strange exaggeration of the elegant Stainer style. The tone is clear, resonant and attractive, with a surprising amount of volume. The dark brown varnish imitates the oxidisation of earlier German varnishes which initially achieved a warm red-brown colour with the addition of iron filings during the varnish production.
C334, Unlabelled “Amati” copy, Germany, late 19th or early 20th Century violin$ 2,350.00
This otherwise straight-forward-looking violin has an appealing “birds-eye” maple back and ribs. The modelling and ‘f’ holes are in the style of the Amati family. The violin speaks easily and clearly, and would suit a student in the lower or middle grades.
S256 “Carlo Bergonzi” violin$ 2,500.00
Labelled “Carlo Bergonzi”, Germany mid-late 19th century violin
Although in very good structural condition, this violin is a fine example of how not to antique an instrument.
22 scored lines in the belly, ribs and back masquerade as major cracks; a more venerable antiquity is faked by lines pretending to show a neck graft. Other abrasions look more like a rather free Arabic script than wear and tear. The tone belies the violin’s appearance- sweet, clear, resonant and easily produced.
A charming instrument for anyone with a musical ear and a whimsical eye.
C349, Unlabelled “Amati” copy violin, Germany, late 19th or early 20th centuries$ 2,700.00
True to its Amatese modelling – the broad, scooped channels within the purfling and the high, smoothly arched curves of the belly and back – this German violin has a sweet, silvery tone, with clarity and a reasonable volume. The one-piece maple back has a very attractive, narrow flame, and the edge work is delicate, with slender, tapered corners.
S216 4/4 violin, “Stradivarius” copy, Germany, early 20th century$ 2,700.00
This German-manufactured violin employs a rather severe interpretation of Stradivari’s modelling and outline. Nonetheless it has real sweetness and clarity of tone across all strings and would make a charming instrument for a middle grade student. The varnish is a translucent brown colour, shaded to simulate wear, and the back is of pleasantly-flamed maple.
S262 Labelled “Nicola Amati”, Mittenwald, Germany, mid-late 19th century$ 2,700.00
This attractively-made German “Amati” copy violin has a warm red-brown varnish which has developed an appealing craquillure pattern. The maple back is in one piece, with a soft, sloping flame. The tone is clear and pleasant, with a similar quality over all four strings. The violin is accompanied by a half-moon, Bobelock case and a student-quality bow.
C261 German trade, late 19th or early 20th century$ 2,700.00
Although this violin has a commercial, spirit-based varnish, it has been made in the style of the 18th and 19th century hand copyists of Stainer and Amati, with a long, slightly narrow outline and a full, rounded arching which rises from the purfling. The sound is strongly influence by the modelling, with an unusual, deep but clear tone.
S260 “Antonius Stradivarius”, Germany, late 19th or early 20th century$ 2,700.00
Labelled “Antonius Stradivarius” Germany, late 19th or early 20th century.
This golden brown violin has been antiqued either creatively, with elaborate acid etching on most varnished surfaces. The modelling is broad and strong, belying the tone, which is quite sweet and clear.
S318 Unlabelled, Chinese, early twenty first century$ 2,750.00
This attractive-looking instrument is one of the new breed of handmade violins now emerging from China. The wood of the back and ribs may well be European, and has an attractive, soft, glowing flame. Though unlabelled, the violin is a reasonable copy of the work of Guarneri del Gesu. The tone of the upper strings is particularly appealing, with clarity, resonance but no harshness.
S331 Labelled “Joseph Kloz”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,750.00
The large and prolific violin-making workshops of Saxony and Bohemia modelled most of their instruments after the great Italian luthiers –Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesu, Maggini, and the Amati family. Occasionally they copied their own countrymen, usually producing rather squarely-arched interpretations of Jacob Stainer. In this case, the model is a loose interpretation of the work of Joseph Kloz, one of the better Mittenwald makers, and despite the relatively plain wood used, the violin’s arching gives it a sweet clarity of sound that is very appealing.