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    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.

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    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.

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    S128 Peter Madill, Dunedin, New Zealand 2013

    $ 7,000.00 $ 6,000.00

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    S371 “Officina Claudio Monteverde” (oversigned “A Cavalli”) violin, Cremona, 1923

    $ 9,000.00

    The Cremona workshop which produced the “Officina Claudio Monteverde” violins was founded by Aristide Cavalli in 1880, and employed a small group of highly skilled violin makers. This example shows the characteristic, deeply cut lower wings and sharply delineated, hollowed edges shared by most violins from this workshop, particularly those oversigned by Aristide Cavalli himself. The tone is rich, brilliant and even, with a bell-like clarity on the E string. The delicacy of the flamed maple is offset by the robust red-brown of the varnish.

    Start sale price: $9000.00

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    S453 “The Solo Violin”, Hawkes and Sons, London/Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries

    $ 9,000.00

    The London-based music business Hawkes and Sons, later Boosey and Hawkes, is better known for its music publishing and brass instrument production, but also commissioned a range of violin family instruments from major workshops in France, Germany and Italy. This example, labelled “The Solo Violin”, was made in Germany for the top end of their violin range. The tone is lovely—clear and resonant without harshness – and with a characterful warmth and depth.

    Start sale price: $9,000.00

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