Czech Violin circa 1950
About Czech Violin MakingCzech violin making is centred around the town of Luby, just over the German border. Once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and known as Schönbach, this town was referred to as the `Austrian Cremona´ due to the number of violin makers who called it home. Interestingly, the town is less than 10 km from Markneukirchen, Luby´s German counterpart. This meant that up until World War II there was a good deal of crossover between the luthiers in the workshops of both towns.
After the war, roughly 12,000 Germans were expelled from area, including the German violin makers based in Luby. These luthiers made their home in Bubenreuth from 1949, dissolving the historical connection between Luby and Markneukirchen. The Czech town continued to thrive, producing a great many violins, violas and cellos for export.
About this violinThis Czech violin was made around 1950, at a time when a large number of instruments were being made in Czech workshops for export. This would make a very good `next step´ instrument for someone who is looking to upgrade from a modern violin outfit.
The violin was made in a workshop, meaning that it is a collaboration between a number of different luthiers. Each would have had their own responsibility, from the initial work of roughing out the arching to the highly skilled work of setting up the violin ready to play.
The violin has a length of back of 360 mm. It has a two piece back of lightly flamed maple, and a two piece front of even grained spruce which widens slightly towards the flanks. The varnish is a rich red colour typical of Czech instruments of the period.
How does it sound?This violin works very well: it is even across the strings and speaks clearly.
ConditionThe violin is in excellent condition.
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