489 Lionhead

Late 19th Century German lionhead violin, unlabelled. Lionhead violins are usually based on a Steiner model - presumably Steiner was the first person to make one. This one has flatter arching, however, more like a Stradivarius model and therefore, in my opinion, a better sound. It is smooth and sweet and has plenty of power. The lionhead is unusual, in that it still has its tongue, and the tongue still wags. A lovely fiddle - a pleasure to play.
Condition: Some scratching of the varnish, particularly around the bridge area, but no cracks or repairs.
Set-up: New rosewood pegs and chinrest, new Aubert bridge and new soundpost, Wittner tailpiece and Tonica strings.
Price: including a new case and bow. SOLD