Early 20th Century violin, labelled Oswald Mockel, Berlin, 1902. I cannot guarantee that this is a genuine Oswald Mockel but I can say that it is one of the most beautifully made instruments I have yet come across. The workmanship is exquisite, evident in the fine edgework, long, delicate corners, and subtle, deeply carved scroll. The wood has been carefully chosen. The spruce top has fine, even grain and the strong flame on the two-piece back is lovely to look at and can be felt with the fingers. The violin sounds as good as it looks. The tone is mature, smooth, clean and uncomplicated. The response is immediate and it projects well. One for a professional or a very serious amateur.
Condition: There's a little chip out of the scroll, which can be seen on the picture below, and a few scratches in the bridge area. The usual small scrapes and dings found on a violin of this age, but because of the quality of the varnish it looks almost pristine.
Set up with new bridge, new ebony pegs, Tonica strings and Wittner tailpiece.
Price.     €1700

                      415 Oswald Mockel 1902