655 Mittenwald Lionhead
Mid-19th Century German violin, unlabelled. Nice old Mittenwald lion head. Later lion head violins from Germany were generally mass-produced and often a bit heavy and clunky, modelled on the highly-arched Stainer model. This one has flatter arching, along Stradivarius lines, and consequently has a richer sound and more power. It has dark, almost black varnish and a particularly elegant lion carving, much more striking than later, mass-produced ones. It has a haunting tone, strong and sweet right across the range. A rare and very attractive fiddle.
Condition: The peghead has been professionally rebushed, a measure which is often necessary on old instruments, owing to inevitable wear. Otherwise just the knocks and dings to be expected on such an old instrument.
Set-up: New ebony pegs with a pearl eye. New soundpost and Aubert bridge. New Wittner tailpiece and Helicore strings.
Price, including a new case and bow, SOLD