On trial, £5,000
This is a fine English violin from the turn of the century – although it’s not up to the standard of an Edward Withers, it shows many similar points of style, and was probably made in the Withers shop. The wood is of excellent quality and the work is very precise. The condition is unusually good – there are no cracks or repairs of any kind.
There’s a bit of erosion to the outer edge of the right f-hole, but this is a very minor quibble. The original varnish is well preserved, slightly craquelled in places and with a few localized markings typical of this kind of supple oil finish.
The first thing to say about this violin is that it’s loud! It has a splendid tone, full of life, broad and fruity throughout the register without sacrificing clarity. This would be a great soloist’s instrument – in fact it would be a real asset to a serious conservatoire student having to bash their way through the big concertos. The arching is very flat, the body’s broad, the result is a very powerful violin with great projection, crisp attack and big sustain.
Please note that the neck is quite narrow – ideal for a player with smaller hands, if not for Perlman!
Length of back 35.8cm,stop 130/195mm, total length 59.1cm
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