European workshop and master violins under €5000
German / Czech workshop violin. This German / Czech workshop violin perhaps made by the Hoyer family from in ca.1935 is falsely labeled Josef Klotz. Ebony fittings; one-piece back; golden-brown varnish; perfect condition without any cracks; the corpus has a length of 357 mm. This violin has a ringing and well-balanced tone that is pleasing under the ear and from a distance. Price €2280.
German violin by Frank Reiner. German violin made in 1929 in Hamburg; original label, ebony fittings, exceptional one-piece back with wide flames; Wittner tailpiece; medium-brown and reddish varnish over a yellow ground; corpus is 359 mm. No cracks or repairs. Suitable for a skilled player, bright and even tone. Price €2356.
German workshop violin. Ebony fittings, corpus of 357 mm; two-piece back; nearly re-varnished; no cracks or repairs; Exceptionally fine tone for a violin in this price class. Some wear on the corners, as this violin has been played rather than stored. Perfect German workshop violin for a student or advanced player who wants something ‘old’ with a sound of quality. Price €2440.
Violin by Roland Sandner. This european master violin is from the collection on an important Viennese concertmaster who purchased from the German violin maker, Roland Sandner, in 1983. This instrument intonates perfectly, as do many violins that have been played by fine players for many years. Features of the Roland Sandner violin include a golden-brown varnish with a top of narrow grains, an impressive one-piece back with medium flames, and ebony fittings. The tone is powerful yet responsive to the player’s demands and capabilities. Price: €3040.
Violin by the Romanian master maker, Nicolae Ciurba from 1986. This violin is one of the best sounding violins in our shop, but, incredibly, is offered at a price of only 3.070,00 Eur. The corpus is 357mm in length, and the two-piece back is dramatic with its thin flames that slant upward from the center. The seasoned and carefully selected wood from the region of Transylvania in the Carpathian mountains give this violin its professional sound that is ideal for soloist and tutti-player alike. The varnish is a medium orange/brown over a yellow ground. Price: €3070.
Violin by Tomas Plhal, 1984. The Slovak violin maker, Tomas Plhal, is a name known to many knowledgeable Slovak violinists. Now working in the mountains away from the country’s major cities, this instrument is an example of his early work (op. 5 from 1984), when Plhal lived and worked in Bratislava. This master violin is from the collection of one central Europe’s finest violinists and teachers. It features a beautiful varnish of golden-brown that allows the top’s narrow grains to come through. The violin has a two-piece back with narrow and very individual flaming; rosewood fittings. The sound is powerful, mature, and equal throughout all four strings. Price: €3100. SOLD!
Romanian violin by Giuseppe Budai, the master Romanian-Transylvanian maker, made in 1998. This violin features a glorious back in one piece with diagonally-flamed maple. The varnish is a medium-brown over a yellow ground. The tone is warm and rich, with equal power and character on all strings. Fine workmanship and selection of seasoned wood. 359 mm. Ebony fittings. Price: €3200.
Violin made in 2010 by the maker, Mladen Sofrenic, from Bosnia-Herzegovina. This violin, which features an oil varnish that is a beautiful reddish-brown, has a majestic back of one-piece and an already, mature, cultivated and refined sound. The corpus is 356mm in length, and the fittings are of fine ebony with an ebony insert at the bottom of the neck where it joins the back. The instrument also features Helicore strings, a Guarneri del Gesu pattern, and a certificate by the maker. Bosnia is famous for its maple; the wood used to make this instrument is truly exceptional. Price is a very reasonable €3200.
Romanian master violin by Roman Boiangiuc. Roman Boiangiuc was one of Romania’s leading violin makers during the middle- to-late 20th century. Based in the Reghin, the center of violin making in Transylvania, this (undated) violin of Boiangiuc’s has an orange-brown varnish, a top with wide grains, a magnificent back in one piece, and rosewood fittings. The tone is clear, bright and rich in overtones. Price: €3780.
Violin by Viktor Koos, 2001, Hungary. Master violin by the Hungarian violin maker, Viktor Koos, made in 2001 in Tinnye (near Budapest) before Koos began to work more as a maker of fine baroque instruments. This european master violin has a dark brown (oil-based) varnish with a handsome back of two-pieces. Characterized by a distinctive and dark and rich tone, the violin has rosewood fittings. Price: €3850.
Czech violin by Tomas Skala made in 1999, op. 71. Skala is a leading violin maker in the Czech Republic, who learned much from his father-in-law, the Czech violin maker, Emil Lupac. This instrument by Skala features an orange-brown varnish with a two-piece back of broadly-flamed maple. The tone is bright, clear and has fine resonance. Rosewood fittings. Price: €3850.
Master violin by Josef Holpuch, Czech Republic, 2000. Josef Holpuch is a name known to players and dealers familiar with contemporary Czech violin making. This violin, made in 2000, has a medium-brown and gold varnish. The two-piece back is quite distinctive with horizontal flaming. The medium grains of the top are quite even. This violin’s tone is clear, pure, and projects nicely. Rosewood fittings. Price: €4330.
Violin by Lubomir SEVCIK. Please inquire for additional information.