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NEW SOUND SAMPLE / Historic master violin, late 18th century, Prague School
NEW SOUND SAMPLE / Historic master violin, late 18th century, Prague School
Provenance: Prague school
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 35.6 cm
Year: late 18th century
Tone: Warm, large, lyrical

Historic master violin, late 18th century, Prague School

This interesting historic master violin is a late 18th century work that hails from the classic Prague School. It is a relatively late instrument of this tradition, and its perfect craftsmanship reflects the orientation towards the oeuvre of Jacob Stainer which became the predominant style in Prague violin making from Johann Ulrich Eberle onward. At the time this instrument was made, luthiers were starting to take up the models of Antonio Stradivari, but other masters remained faithful to the regional interpretation of the Stainer model as propagated by Johann Ulrich Eberle. And the warm, large, lyrical sound of this violin clearly illustrates why not all Prague luthiers immediately embraced the new Italian-inspired trend. Its visual aesthetic also confirms that it is a refined piece by an excellently trained and self-confident master who selected truly interesting tone woods. The magnificent spruce he chose for the top has an expressive interplay of moderate and broad grain – a striking sight made all the more lovely by the attractive contrast to the gentle but tight flames which nearly disappear under the coat of dark varnish on the two-piece maple back. The rich details of the playfully executed beesting corners and expressive scroll give this instrument its unmistakable and distinctive appearance. Considering its advanced age, the violin is in unusually good condition and has had very few repairs, all of which were carefully reviewed by the luthiers at our workshop as they set it up. The historic Prague violin, now ready to play, has a winning maturity to its sound, and it features the character of a historic personality.

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