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Hopf master violin ca. 1800 - top
Hopf master violin ca. 1800 - top
Hopf master violin ca. 1800 - top
Hopf master violin ca. 1800 - back
Hopf master violin ca. 1800 - back
Hopf master violin ca. 1800- ribs
Hopf master violin ca. 1800- ribs
Hopf master violin ca. 1800 - scroll
Hopf master violin ca. 1800 - scroll
Provenance: Klingenthal
Maker: Member of the Hopf family
Length of back: 35.6 cm
Year: approx. 1820

Master violin by the Hopf family, approx. 1820

This rare beauty of a Klingenthal violin was crafted by a member of the famous family of violin makers, the Hopfs. It is a top-quality master violin from the late 18th century around 1800. It is a distinctive yet unmistakable interpretation of a violin model attributed to Caspar Hopf, the pater familias of the dynasty; the character is evident in the expressively shaped scroll and the eye-catchingly positioned corners of the C-bouts. The one-piece back of maple has an asymmetric grain that makes it naturally unique; only confident, experienced masters would select such a piece for violin making. The luminous golden-brown varnish leaves no doubt as to the provenance of the violin. As is the case with many historic rarities, many repairs can be seen on the top and pegbpx, although they have been well reinforced. The repaired condition allow us to offer this fine master violin at a very competetive price. Our luthiers, who are specialists in restoring historic instruments, have made this violin ready to play. It has outstanding acoustic properties which honour the solid reputation of historic Hopf master violins. Its voice is precise and colourful; it has developed a mature sound with a golden character and great strength.

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