Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin, 1963
Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin, 1963
Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin, 1963
Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin, 1963
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Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin, 1963

For 37 years, Leo Aschauer served as director of the Mittenwald school of violin making, one of the most highly renowned institutes of its kind. Even in retirement, Leo Aschauer remained an influential figure in his guild. It was at his workshop in 1963 that the master (who was then 71 years old) oversaw the production of this exceptional violin, an instrument that was crafted and varnished cleanly and with the greatest care. With its excellent sound, it does justice to the solid reputation of Mittenwald stringed instruments. The premium tone woods came from the Karwendel region at Leo Aschauer’s doorstep, and on this instrument they...

For 37 years, Leo Aschauer served as director of the Mittenwald school of violin making, one of the most highly renowned institutes of its kind. Even in retirement, Leo Aschauer remained an influential figure in his guild. It was at his workshop in 1963 that the master (who was then 71 years old) oversaw the production of this exceptional violin, an instrument that was crafted and varnished cleanly and with the greatest care. With its excellent sound, it does justice to the solid reputation of Mittenwald stringed instruments. The premium tone woods came from the Karwendel region at Leo Aschauer’s doorstep, and on this instrument they are emphasized by a luminous golden-orange oil varnish which effectively accents the even lines of the moderately grained spruce and the strong deep flames of the two-piece maple. This is very probably “moon wood,” i.e. timber that was cut down by the light of the moon in keeping with an old forestry tradition. With its powerful and precise sound, this powerful violin will win over demanding musicians, and it is a faithful successor to the historic Italian instruments of Guarneri del Gesù, whose work it is patterned after. It has a crisp and immediate response and attains a radiant strength in its upper registers but remains clear and warm with a dark character in the lower registers. The violin is now over fifty, but the passage of time has left only minimal traces: a white button is missing on its E-string peg. It is now ready to play after having been set up carefully at our specialist atelier, and we recommend this fine violin as a benchmark of the quality of Mittenwald violin making in more recent history.

 
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