Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin for soloists, 1964

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 in 1964 that the master (who was then 72 years old) made this exceptional violin, one of his last works, an instrument of mature master...

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 in 1964 that the master (who was then 72 years old) made this exceptional violin, one of his last works, an instrument of mature master craftmanship 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 one-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 seventy, but the passage of time has left only minimal traces. 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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€ 6,490.00
approx. $ 6,490.00
Inventory no.
6790
Maker
Leo Aschauer
Provenance
Mittenwald
Year
1964
Tone
warm, clear, powerful, crisp
Length of back
35.3 cm
Leo Aschauer Mittenwald
Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin for soloists, 1964
Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin for soloists, 1964
Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin for soloists, 1964
Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin for soloists, 1964
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