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Hopf violin from Klingenthal, Saxony, approx. 1880 - top
Hopf violin from Klingenthal, Saxony, approx. 1880 - top
Back of a Hopf violin with typical brand stamp
Back of a Hopf violin with typical brand stamp
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Provenance: Klingenthal
Maker: Hopf workshops
Length of back: 35.7 cm
Year: approx. 1950
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Hopf violin from the GDR workshops in Klingenthal, approx.1950

This old violin from the GDR-Hopf workshops was made around 1950 and 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 to wide grained spruce was chosen for the table and flamed maple for the one-piece back, and both their grain and the expertly made antiqueings determine the unique appearance of the violin, that features rather low archings. This highly powerful and undamaged violin was worked over thoroughly in our atelier and is offered ready to play, with a clear, resonant voice that is precise and full of mature character.

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