The firm of Carl Zach & Co. was set up by the son of Thomas Zach in 1887. During their brief period of activity they produced some very beautiful instruments on a Stradivari model such as this excellent violin.
Vienna has always been a major centre for music-making and for violin-making. From Geissenhof onwards the Viennese makers have been producing instruments that find great favour with contemporary musicians. This particular violin made by the Carl Zach shop is very typical – a well-observed Stradivari copy made with great accuracy using first-class materials. It has a spectacular one-piece back, the varnish is rich and reflective, and the scroll is worthy of Vuillaume. The violin is branded to the upper back and centrally to the inner back. The condition is near mint, with no cracks or damages.
This is a big and bold sounding violin with a great response. The arching and f-hole placement are very faithful to Stradivari, and the result is a muscular concert instrument with a very well-balanced sound and excellent projection. The tone is consistently rich throughout the register – I keep thinking of better Vuillaumes, and to my ears this violin is very similar in conception, albeit for less than a tenth of the price.
All in all a great instrument for a serious conservatoire student or a young professional – capable of slugging out a big concerto but also a solid workhorse of an instrument which would blend well in an orchestral context.
Length of back 35.4cm, stop 132/195mm
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