A good Hawkes & Sons “Tyrolese Violin” from 1932, this is a fine student instrument in excellent condition – bright, open and responsive in sound.

Hawkes & Sons were an important UK firm of music retailers and distributors active in the early 1900s who later evolved into Boosey & Hawkes. They sold several models of student violin sourced from Mirecourt and Markneukirchen, but ironically never from the Tyrol. Helpfully the label of this violin has a handwritten addendum “Made in Saxony”…

Since the entire history of violin-making has only seen two or perhaps three families of makers who actually came from the Tyrol, it’s a mystery why this has become such a popular catch-all term in the English violin trade.

This is a lovely example of the type with a rich orange varnish, excellent wood choice, and nice craftsmanship. The condition is perfect – no cracks, damages or repairs, just some very minor marks and wear to the varnish.

This is something of a solistic instrument – bright and slightly fizzy with excellent response. The whole register is clear and articulate, but the E string is unusually fine for what is ultimately a humble student instrument.

Well balanced, lively and characterful, this is quite a big violin best suited to a player with larger hands.

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