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    C392 Labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century

    $ 2,800.00

    This rather striking, red-gold coloured German violin, though labelled “Stradivarius”, is something of a hybrid: the outline is Stradivarian; the ‘f’ holes, scroll and arching owe more to Guarneri del Gesu; and the ‘f’ hole nicks follow Andreas Amati. The tone is rich and characterful, with an ease and clarity of production.

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    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.

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    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.

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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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    Unlabelled, “Maggini” copy, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century

    $ 3,500.00

    In the heyday of commercial German violin production, large workshops made many “Maggini”-copy violins, characterised by a broad model and arching, double purfling lines, long, narrow “Brescian”-style ‘f’ holes, and – as with this handsome example – an extra turn on the scroll and “birds eye” maple. The pleasing visual appearance of this violin is matched by a lovely, characterful tone, with a clear, ready response, a bell-like resonance and strength in the lower registers.

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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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    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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    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.

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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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    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.

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    “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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