Mid-to-late nineteenth century German violin, unlabelled but stamped NACH HOPF on and below the button. The violin is typical of the maker, with its brown varnish over a yellow ground. The Hopf family made some of the world's first mass-produced workshop violins, and they were very variable in quality. This is one of the better ones, made with nice woods and good workmanship. The tone is sweet, a little dark, full of character.
Condition: Knocks and scrapes commensurate with its age, but no issues.
Set-up: New ebony fingerboard, new rosewood pegs, new sound post and Aubert bridge, new Wittner tailpiece and Helicore strings.
Price, including a new case and bow: €900