Ref :   1047

A good German violin from the firm of
Karl Willhelm
 
Circa 1980 or later

 
 
 
 
 
 
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What strikes one immediately about this violin is the extremely attractive choice of materials that went into its making, along with the meticulous workmanship throughout in the unusual attention to detail, notably in the purfling, the cornerwork, the mitres, the nicely fluted wings in the Fs and a meticulously carved scroll with a deeply fluted curl and crisp edges - reminiscent of the Deganis and the Venetian school ; the maple used for the two-piece back, ribs, neck and scroll is extremely appealing by all standards with a distinctly flamed narrow curl running straight across the back, The top is of superb tone spruce of a very straight and even medium grain. The reddish-brown varnish is highly transparent and beautifully compliments the materials.

This is a very attractive violin with tone to match - the sound is rich and well-balanced throughout the register, with clarity, focus and projection. It speaks easily and is a rewarding instrument to play on.

Karl Willhelm is the trade name of a German workshop which distributes these excellent instruments all over the world. This violin appears to have been exported to the USA and was later brought to South Africa. It is undated and appears to have been made around 1980 or later.

   
   
 

Dimensions :
  Length of back: 35.7 cm

Condition :
  Apart from a minor repair to the scroll, this violin is virtually in mint condition.

Provenance :
  Withheld

Price : On request
 

 
 
 
 

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