updated April, 2017
Violin, London, mid 18th C
A good 18th C London school violin, in very good playable condition. The property of a now retired professional musician. 2 piece birds-eye maple back, ribs to match, with a very fine grained pine table, in truly fine original condition. The arching typical of the period style ie quite high, which produces a beautifully clear and even sound over the entire range. Modern set-up. Enquire, please
Violin, by G Chanot, Manchester 1907
A good Chanot violin in very good playable condition. Labelled and branded on the back. The later bridge by Barnes, ( son-in-law of Chanot). No restoration, no cracks, well set-up, a totally original almost blemish-free example. Enquire, please.
Cello, Leopold Widhalm, Nuremburg, 1783
A fine and rare old cello, by Leopold Widhalm, labelled and dated 1783, and branded internally on the back. L.o.B. 755 mm. Original varnish, quite worn in some places, revealing the original ground substrate. Very few repairs,with some (minor) old damage to be repaired, no post cracks, scroll original, with new set of pegs, neck grafted, with new bridge, a good set of Warchal strings, Klaus Bender carbon endpin, all set up and ready to play. A fine tone, with that 'fine old real cello' sound , and a good and typical example of this rare makers work. The cello has a good and interesting provenance, with the same owner since 1936. Consignment sale, at a reasonable 'realistic' price. Photos HERE . Enquire please.
18th C Viola:
A good 18th C viola, probably German, some experts have said it could be English. It bears no label, and has a style of arching reminiscent of the Tyrol school. Table in remarkably good condition, with one small old repaired crack, bass side edge, the 2 piece back in very good condition, with surface wear marks only. Ribs also in good condition, with some old repaired worm in the treble side C bout only. Original dark brown varnish, with a lovely patina. Pegbox original, and neck original, and a new set of pegs ensures good tuning. The heel block has an old repaired crack in it, where the original handmade iron nail, which is still in place, has corroded, and caused the heel to split, now repaired- There is also the tell-tale rust stain visible now in the heel block, all authentic details of an old original viola. There is also an ebony pin inserted through the button into heel block, to strengthen this repair. The neck is not morticed into the block in the modern way, it sits flush on the outside, over the rib, and the neck itself is cut away to receive the table overhang, in the old-fashioned way. So it is a real 'baroque / classical' set up viola. The action has been raised to modern elevation by a wedge under the fingerboard, although the board itself is to modern length. An easy conversion back to the original specification, or it can be used as it is. The viola will be sold with a new set of strings fitted of the buyers' choice.
Length of back: 380mm Scale length: 345 mm Stop: 210 mm
Price: Enquire please Photos: linked HERE
Pochette: 'Violin' shaped model, Probably English circa 1760, school of Barratt possibly.
This instrument is not restored, there is no need for it to have been, it is in 'museum quality' condition, ie totally original. Varnish of a dark brown, with post in place, and pegs are the original, and work well. The bridge is a newer replacement, the body from a one-piece carved and contoured block ie 'ribs' and back are all carved from one block, integral also with the neck, with out-turned violin corners, and original fingerboard and tailpiece. This pochette is playable, and will be sold with a new set of correctly gauged gut strings fitted.
Detailed Photos: HERE
A rare English Pochette, (Dancing Master's Kit) attributed to Barrett, circa 1700, in original playable condition
Price: Enquire please
A good playable pochette bow ( dancing master's kit), circa 1800
A good and useful pochette bow, ( late 18th or early 19th C) with out-curved stick, natural material frog and button, screw adjustment, all working well- the head has a small detail carved into to it, the stick of pernambuco. Weight of bow: 30.9 gms, length of bow 54 cms. A very unusual item, especially in this condition.
Detailed Photos: HERE
Price: Enquire please
Viola da Gamba:
- SOLD: Fine English cello, mid 18th C, by Thomas Smith, London
- SOLD: Strohviols: Violin model, circa 1920, made under licence by Evans
- SOLD: Cello, English , by R. Betts, London, 1780,
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