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Domingos F Capela was the first member of the Capela dynasty which dominated Portuguese making in the 20th century. He worked very much in the Italian style, with crisp execution and without antiquing, and his violins and those of his sons have always been very popular. This particular violin is quite late, and is modeled on the Paganini “Cannone” by del Gesu. It bears its original certificate from the maker. The condition is outstanding, no cracks or damages, all corners and edges very well preserved. However, the varnish obviously suffered some kind of damage on the lower back, and has been retouched quite obviously.
This is a soloist’s violin, bold, bright, powerful, with excellent projection. You always find a lot of Capelas in conservatoires – they have the articulacy and presence required to stand out above an orchestra, and they are a fifth of the price of comparable Italian instruments! This is not a violin for a shrinking violet, and if you plan to skulk at the back of the seconds, better stay away. But if you’re looking for a big responsive thoroughbred, this violin will do the trick!
Length of back 35.8cm, stop 131/195mm, total length 59.4cm
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