Jozsef Mirth worked for Miska Frirsz and Janos Spiegel before stepping out on his own – he was a prolific maker, but remains pretty much unknown outside Hungary. This violin is a superb example of the Budapest style that reached perfection in the work of Paulus Pilat. The varnish is gorgeous, the wood is superb, and the execution of the scroll, f-holes and edges is precise and artistic. The violin is in near-perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs, and very little wear to the varnish.
In Hungary, the violinist is God, and Hungarian makers regularly produced instruments of astonishing beauty, visually and tonally. We would perhaps be more familiar with their work if so many Hungarian violins hadn’t become “Italian” along the way! This is a perfect example, a faultlessly executed piece of work with a great tone, which would put most early 20th century French and Italian violins to shame. The sound is robust and solistic, clear as a bell, with great projection and a sweet core. At some point the English-speaking world will wake up to the quality of such instruments, but for now they represent the best value for money in the entire world of violins.
Length of back 35.8cm, stop 131/195cm, total length 58.8cm
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