This is an excellent violin by Johann Schult, one of the best early 20th century German makers – he was appointed court violin maker to the Duke of Mecklenburg in 1907. The wood is superb, the varnish is rich and lustrous, and the work is artistic and highly skilled. The sound is top class, bright, sugary and strong with great sustain. It has a clear and unique cantabile voice – an unusually smooth and responsive violin suitable for a professional player. The condition is generally very good – there are some small checks in the table and one in the ribs, some wear to the lower right corner, and a repaired button. The original varnish is very well preserved.
Length of back 35.9cm, stop 131/195mm, total length 59.1cm
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“SCHULT, Johann Heinrich Born 1866 Blievensdorf, Mecklenburg, died 1949 Lübeck Germany. Pupil of O. Schünemann. Established in Königstrasse, Lübeck from 1896. Appointed luthier to the Mecklenburg court 1907. Workshop destroyed by bombing in 1942, forcing his retirement. Awarded medals at Turin and Schwerin. Very fine workmanship on classical models. Excellent materials and varnishes. J. H. Schult / Streich-Instrumentenmacher / J.H.S. / Lübeck. Anno 1916”
The Brompton’s Book of Violin & Bow Makers
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