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Hopf violin from Klingenthal, approx. 1880
This violin is an unmistakable example of Hopf violins that features excellent sound qualities as they are typical for Klingenthal instruments and have been famous among generations of musicians. The renowned HOPF stamp on the back of the violin indicates its provenance, that is clearly expressed by the unique shape of upper bouts and the corners and by the yellow-brown colored varnish that covers quality tonewoods. Medium grained spruce was chosen for the table and mildly flamed maple for the two-piece back, and both their grain and the large, elegantly carved scroll determine the appearance of the violin, that features rather low archings. This undamaged piece was worked over thoroughly in our atelier and is offered ready to play, with a resonant voice that is precise and full of mature character.
Maker: Hopf workshops
Length of back: 35.3 cm
Year: approx. 1880
Tone: Radiant, clear, strong, full of character