This is a nicely presented viol shaped instrument
from the later quarter of the twentieth century.
Proportionally - it has slightly larger measurements than one would
expect from an instrument of this type - which we believe makes
it ideal for use in a symphony orchestra.
The plumb-red varnish over a yellow ground is most
typical of the Mittenwald school. In addition the viol-shaped model
with its distinctive bulbous contours at the upper-block area (neck-rib
join) are also typical of the area.
Mittenwald is located at the foot of the Bavarian
Alps in the very south of Germany. Between the end of the 15th
and the 17th century Mittenwald prospered as it lay directly on
the lower trade route between Augsberg and Venice.
Yes it is. Mathias Klotz (1653-1743) returned to
Mittenwald in circa 1685 and can be considered the founder of violin
making in Mittenwald. He ran a large workshop in which he trained
his three sons as well as many other violin makers from the area.
Today the town still has a violin making school and there is
a museum devoted to the evolution of stringed instruments and
to old Mittenwald.
Yes we have fully upgraded the instrument to modern
day concert standards. In brief we've set the instrument up with
a new neck, fingerboard, bridge and post and the peg box is now
adorned with a stunning set of new English machines set on brass
half plates. Internally improvements have been made to the acoustics
by means of judicious regraduation work and the replacement of
the original bass bar.
Yes indeed it was. But in our opinion it has been
worth all the effort - for the instrument now sounds absolutely
fantastic. There is plenty of volume, the tone is of considerable
maturity and the new neck feels like a million dollars.
This really is a very decent instrument that has come straight
from the Mittenwald school of making. The model, the wood used
throughout, the gorgeous - red-brown spirit varnish over a yellow
ground and of course the type and quality of sound all shout
out that typical Mittenwald feel of honesty and integrity. Should
you be looking to enter into the orchestral profession on a 10-20K
budget then this instrument could be exactly what you are looking
LOB (length of back) - 111.0cm (43.70in)
Width across upper bouts - 51.8cm (20.46in)
Width across middle bouts - 35.7cm (14.10in)
Width across lower bouts - 66.9cm (26.40in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 21.9cm (8.65in)
Body Stop - 61.8cm (23.95in)
String length - 105.7cm (41.65in)