(Used) Fiddle W/ Engraved Flower Tailpiece
Likely Made in Germany
Violin is not dated
Charles Strayer, Jr.
3010 32 nd Ave.
Joplin, Mo. 64601
This early mid-century violin, likely from pre-WW II Germany, is a copy of a Stradivari style instrument. These export violins are commonly referred to as “Trade Violins”.
This Violin Features:
- Narrow-to-medium grain spruce top
- Dramatic medium flame maple back, sides
- Matching flame maple scroll and neck
- Ebony Fingerboard and pegs
- French style tailpiece with abalone flower inlay
- Gold fine tuners
- Despiau 1 Tree professionally fitted bridge
- Helicore medium strings
- Body Length: 36.1 cm
- Upper Bout: 16.6 cm
- Middle “C” Bout: 11.0 cm
- Lower Bout: 20.6 cm
The two-piece, spruce top has narrow-to-medium and subtle figuring. The back is two pieces of
quartersawn maple with dramatic medium flame. The ribs, scroll and neck closely match the back. The figuring on both top and back are accentuated by the dark golden brown spirit varnish, revealing a rich golden ground. The finish shows normal wear for its age with a few blemishes to give a modest antiqued appearance. The body is sound with two repaired hairline cracks in the top. The joinery is sound with a few ribs showing earlier repair.
This violin has a warm, resonant tone, ample projection and comfortable action for fingering. While suitable for orchestral playing, it will excel in Old Time or Bluegrass ensemble or solo performance.
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