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A good German violin by
Franz Hermann Reber
(1880 - ?)
Bremen, 1922

Franz Reber (1880 - ?) was initially apprenticed to Wilhelm Kretzschmann and his son. Upon the deaths of both those teachers, he continued studying under Hans Jaeger. He later also studied with J. H. Schult in Lübeck and with Georg Winterling in Hamburg. In 1904 he set up his own studio in Bremen.

This violin is a very attractive instrument made from a well-chosen selection of wood. The one-piece back is unusually appealing with its distinct richly flamed maple of a medium curl, rising from left to right. The ribs, neck and scroll appear to be of the same material, displaying a rich flame which doesn't fail to seduce. The fine tone spruce top has the unusual feature of a distinct 'bear's claw' marking - a type of cross grain 'flame' which is rare in spruce and which is highly desirable with some makers. The f-holes, or a shorter pattern, are nicely placed and elegant. The arching in the back is distinctly deeper than in the top. Purfling and corner work throughout is very good with a steady hand. The light golden brown oil-based varnish compliments the wood with high transparency, showing off the materials beautifully.

The violin has tone to match - clear, incisive and strong, nicely balanced with a rich g-string and satisfying upper register.


Dimensions :
  length of back: 36.2 cm

Condition :
  Excellent condition. Free from major cracks. A minor impact crack near the edge of the top's lower right bout has been repaired and is stable - it does not detract from the instrument's quality. A wedge has been fitted under the finger board to correct the neck angle.

Provenance :

Price : Withheld


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