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Handcrafted Markneukirchen violin, GDR about 1960 - top
Handcrafted Markneukirchen violin, GDR about 1960 - top
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Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 36.0 cm
Year: 1960 circa
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Hand-crafted violin, Saxony around 1960

This beautiful German violin which was crafted in the 1960s in the Saxonian capital of instrument-building, Markneukirchen, reflects the best Vogtland artisanry. It is a rare example of handcrafted production from a period in which the former East Germany was in the process of socialising, industrialising and automating the manufacture of musical instruments on a wide scale. The rich coat of orange-brown spirit-oil varnish and the exceptionally good tone woods – a top of moderately-grained spruce and a mildly flamed maple back – which the craftsman chose are of unusually high quality. This is a very well-designed instrument with a bright and warm sound rich in overtones, with great clarity and strength. It has been worked over by our luthier, and we offer it to you with one minor repair in very good condition, ready to play.

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