This is a beautifully preserved early 20th century Mirecourt full-size violin for a smaller player, with a sweet and responsive tone.
Probably made in the Laberte Workshops, this violin dates from the first quarter of the 20th century. It’s a typical Mirecourt Strad model instrument with some nice detail, particularly the sharp edges and a finely flamed back.
The condition is exemplary – no cracks or repairs, no wear to the edges and corners, and only a few minor blemishes to the varnish.
This is an unusual size for a Mirecourt instrument – with a back length of 35.1cm I suppose it’s what used to be called a “ladies’ violin”, too large for a 7/8 but comfortable for a player of smaller stature or with small hands.
These Mirecourt Strad models are very reliable – although they were made in large workshops on a production line, the quality control was rigorous and they are proper violins.
This instrument has a very characterful voice, zingy and sugary, full of overtones, quite Strad-like in fact. I’m sure a hundred violins came off the same bench that week that didn’t sound as good!
Very quick response and a good range of colours, like so many smaller Italian violins it has an outstanding higher register, and remains full-toned and projecting right up to the top of the fingerboard.
Nervy and solistic with a charming old school sound.