Klotz School Violin, Mittenwald, c. 1780
This violin has now sold.
About the Klotz schoolThe Klotz family was headed by Matthias Klotz, the violin maker who set up his workshop in Mittenwald in the 1680s. Thus began a great dynasty of luthiers, all based in this picturesque South German location. The town grew in size as other luthiers came to work in the area, turning this small town into an incredibly important centre of violin making. Instruments of the Klotz school can be said to share certain characteristics, most notably fairly high arching and a generous outline based on the instruments of Jacob Stainer.
About the violinMade in Mittenwald in around 1780, the violin is based on a Stainer model and has a length of back of 360mm. It has a two piece back of medium-flamed maple which descends from the centre joint. The front is two pieces of spruce with grain that widens considerably towards the flanks. The varnish is a characteristically dark chocolate colour laid over a golden ground.
How does it sound?This violin has an especially good tone. It rings well and is even across the strings with a great deal of warmth, colour and volume. Definitely worth seeing if you like the aesthetic of old violins and are searching for a fabulous tone!
ConditionThis violin has had extensive repairs; these are of course reflected in its price. The violin comes with a comprehensive condition report and offers fantastic value for money.