Violin by Lionel Karl Hepplewhite, Malvern, 1991

Violin by Lionel Karl Hepplewhite, Malvern, 1991

About Lionel Karl Hepplewhite

Lionel Karl Hepplewhite began his career as a maker in 1955 and is widely considered to be amongst the finest of the post-war British violin makers. His instruments have a well-deserved reputation for exceptional quality and can be found in the hands of professional musicians across the country. Hepplewhite was also an accomplished violinist and was the leader of the session orchestra which recorded the score to the film Howard's End!

About the violin

This violin was made in Malvern, Worcestershire, in 1991 and is modelled after Stradivari. Interestingly, the label tells us that this model is an interpretation of Charles Enel's Stradivari model violin which he produced for W.E. Hill & Sons.

The violin has a two piece back of finely-figured maple with ribs and scroll of plainer wood. The front is two pieces of medium-grained spruce and the varnish is a deep amber colour.

The violin has a length of back of 355mm.

How does it sound?

This violin has a sparkly sound that focusses on the higher frequencies. It has a clear, bell-like tone and allows its player to sink into the string.


The violin is in mint condition and bears its original label.

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