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7/8 master violin by Max Hugo Reichel

Markneukirchen-based violin maker Max Hugo Reichel crafted this 7/8 master violin in aproximately 1900. Max Hugo Reichel was highly sought after as a repairer, which makes it all the more remarkable that a violin of such unusual dimensions ranks among the few instruments he produced himself. Not only is the size of this “ladies' violin” rare, as 7/8 violins are also...

Markneukirchen-based violin maker Max Hugo Reichel crafted this 7/8 master violin in aproximately 1900. Max Hugo Reichel was highly sought after as a repairer, which makes it all the more remarkable that a violin of such unusual dimensions ranks among the few instruments he produced himself. Not only is the size of this “ladies' violin” rare, as 7/8 violins are also called, but its style is quite distinctive as well: wide-set sound holes, a one-piece back featuring a fascinating grain that defies all symmetry, and a thickly applied layer of golden-orange oil varnish that is both transparent and luminous. These features make this Max Hugo Reichel 7/8 master violin eye-catching in its unconventional loveliness, as do the finely crafted purfling and the small, elegant scroll. It almost appears as if Max Hugo Reichel wanted to create a single work of exceptional creativity and quality that combined all of the skills and masterful craftsmanship he otherwise quietly applied towards the many violins he repaired during his lifetime. A few traces of use and the light patina which the violin developed over the course of more than 100 years beautifully complement the historic nature of its aesthetic. The sound is full of character which unfolds with great nuance because of the violin's excellent condition, thoroughly looked over by our luthier, who made it ready to play: A bright, warm and open voice, with a good balance across all of the strings. 

Also have a look at our CV Selectio 7/8 master violin

Inventory no.
2047
Maker
Max Hugo Reichel
Provenance
Markneukirchen
Tone
bright, open
Weight
34.9 cm
Max Hugo Reichel, 7/8 master violin, Markneukirchen - top
7/8 master violin by Max Hugo Reichel - back
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