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Swiss master violin by Robert Reinert, Chaux-de-fonds
Swiss master violin by Robert Reinert, Chaux-de-fonds
Swiss master violin by Robert Reinert, Chaux-de-fonds
Inventory No.: 5386
Provenance: Chaux-de-fonds
Maker: Robert Reinert
Length of back: 35.9 cm
Year: approx. 1940

Swiss master violin by Robert Reinert, Chaux-de-fonds

This Swiss master violin by Robert Reinert is a well-played instrument with excellent sound characteristics and serves as a true reference work of modern Swiss violin making, whose leading figure - the Apian-Bennewitz student August Meinel – also trained Robert Reinert, a luthier who hailed from Hagen, Germany. Together with renowned masters such as Fritz Baumgartner and Adolf H. König, who eventually went on to become the director of the Liestaler violin making school, Robert Reinert was one of the formative personalities of his guild in Switzerland, to which he contributed various technical innovations thanks to his initial training as a precision mechanic. The violin offered here, however, presents Robert Reinert as a first-class classical craftsman and interpreter of the classical Stradivari model, for which he selected exceptionally beautifully grained tonewoods with outstanding acoustic characteristics. The medium grained spruce of the top and the delicately flamed maple of the two-piece back are covered by a richly applied golden yellow oil varnish, which shows interesting traces of intense use by outstanding musicians. The varnish has developed an attractive, antique patina. Robert Reinert set fine accents of his personal style in the year 1940 in the precisely worked, quite broad purfling and the perfectly executed and deeply carved scroll. The self-confident appearance of this perfectly preserved and undamaged violin which is now ready to play reflects its large and mature sound, the volume of which opens up appealing musical options for discerning soloists.

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