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Karl Niedt violin - top
Karl Niedt violin - top
Karl Niedt violin - top
Karl Niedt Würzburg violin - back
Karl Niedt Würzburg violin - back
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- ribs
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- scroll
Provenance: Germany
Maker: probably Karl Niedt
Length of back: 35.4 cm
Year: approx. 1900

German violin, labelled Karl Niedt

This beautiful German violin was made approx. 1900 in an unknown workshop of the Bohemian-Saxonian region, near the well-known place of violin-making Markneukirchen. It bears a Karl Niedt Würzburg label. The instrument was built after a Italian pattern, its medium arching is very well-crafted, and the choice of medium grained spruce for the top and attractive maple for the one piece back demonstrate the skills of a talented craftsman. The fine purfling is especially beautiful; the warm ogolen-brown color of the varnish over a golden-yellow ground with some antiqueings determines the antique appearance of the instrument. This violin is perfectly preserved and was carefully worked over by our luthier; in immediate playing condition it unfolds its convincing bright and clear sound that is full of character, precise, resonant, and warm.

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