Violins under $10,000
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S342 Unlabelled, European, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,800.00
The elegant arching and proportions of this unlabelled European violin are matched by a warm, smooth, even tone across all four strings. Antiquing work on all surfaces adds to the instrument’s charm.
S373 “D. Henderson, No. 3”, country of origin unknown, 1914$ 2,900.00
While two Scottish violin makers called “D. Henderson” are recorded in the violin making dictionaries, neither their dates, nor their styles of making coincide with this quite charming but somewhat amateurish interpretation of Guarneri del Gesu’s instruments. The golden yellow varnish is almost certainly oil-based, but has dried well and shows excellent lasting qualities. The tone is surprisingly pleasant, especially in the lower positions.
S321 Labelled “Michele Deconet… 2005” China, early twenty-first century$ 2,900.00
This is a very attractive-looking violin, with a golden orange-brown, lightly-antiqued varnish that enhances the appearance of the wood below. Michele Deconet was an eighteenth century Venetian maker of French birth, whose output was prolific but quite variable in style. Some small attempts have been made here to imitate the detail of his work, most notably in the narrow, tapering lower wings of the ‘f’ holes, though the upper wings are decidedly Stradivarian. The tone is clear and resonant, and particularly pleasing on the D and A strings.
S348 Labelled “Joseph Guarnerius” and stamped “Concert violin Guarneri”, Germany, late 19th or early 20th century$ 2,900.00
This is a boldly executed copy of the later style of “Guarneri del Gesu”, with its elongated “Brescian”-influenced ‘f’ holes, broad central bout and long, open ‘C’ bout curves. The tone has a throaty depth on the lower strings and a silvery character on the E string. The varnish is a rich red-brown, antiqued to simulate age and wear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.