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Italian violin  - Top
Italian violin  - Top
Italian violin  - Top
Italian violin  - back
Italian violin  - back
Italian violin  - ribs
Italian violin  - ribs
Italian violin  - scroll
Italian violin  - scroll
Provenance: probably Italy
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 35.7 cm
Year: 1920/1930
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SALE Interesting violin, probably Italian 1920's

This interesting and very good sounding Italian violin bears a Contavalli label, which is not original in our option - yet it probably hails indeed from Italy. It is of relatively simple make but its surpring, outstanding tone clearly conveys this spirit, an example of the way in which Italian luthiers uncompromisingly focussed on sound. Their approach is evident in the exceptionally delicate moulding and carving of the top and back. With only some very minor repairs, such as the outer f-wing repair to the left soundhole, this attractive violin has been maintained in very good condition. There are slight touch-ups on the dark and luminous red oil varnish. The warm sound is nuanced and expressive, which is full of warm power and good resonance. The violin makers at our atelier have spared no expense in setting up this recommendable 1920's instrument down to the best playing standards. It is now ready to play, and we especially recommend it for demanding musicians. A handmade instrument that is quite reasonably priced due to its unsure origin.

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