Late nineteenth century French Strad copy, probably made by JTL. The top is made with unusual spruce which has a distinctive wobble in the grain. The back is lightly flamed. As was common in these early Mirecourt instruments, the arching is slightly higher than more standard later Strad models. The varnish is golden brown, darkened by age around the bridge area.The sound is bright, resonant, very even across the range.
Condition: Exceptionally clean for its age, with no cracks, repairs or other issues.
Set-up: New ebony pegs with a gold pin, new bridge and sound post, new Wittner tailpiece and Helicore strings. Every Wild Goat Fiddle is checked carefully, and fingerboards and top-nuts are adjusted or replaced as necessary.
Price, including a new case and bow: €1000