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Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - top
Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - top
Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - top
Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - back
Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - back
Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - side
Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - side
Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - scroll
Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - scroll
Provenance: Klingenthal
Maker: Hopf
Length of back: 35.5 cm
Year: approx. 1800
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Early 19th century Hopf violin, approx. 1800 - large, voluminous sound

Hopf, the dynasty of violin makers in Klingenthal, is a name that stands for the unmistakable identity of traditional craftsmanship; its origins date back over 300 years and are closely linked to the earliest days of making instruments in the Vogtland region. In the 19th century, the very unique violin model attributed to Caspar Hopf (1650-1711) became a template for numerous popular mass-produced instruments, among which there are more than a few truly outstanding instruments. Old master violins from the Hopf family have remained a category unto themselves, however, and this violin is both a typical piece as well as the nuanced and delicate work of an unknown master who was a peer of David Christian Hopf or David August Hopf. Its classically “angular” contours and the famous HOPF mark under the button are the widely imitated hallmark of the family tradition. Masterful craftsmanship can be seen in the way the body was formed, with its well-executed flat arch and low ribs. The instrument was made of premium tone woods of a fine quality that is set off in the best possible light by the one-piece, asymmetrically flamed maple back. The violin was thoroughly restored by our luthiers and is ready to play; it has been kept in exceptionally good condition with minor restoration and the traces of use that are quite fitting for an instrument of its age, especially when it has such a large and warm voice full of character. Its mature sound is rich in volume yet precise and fluid in its resonance, with some sweetness to it.

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