German "Composite" Violin c. 1865
This is a German "composite" violin dating to approximately 1865. This very old Stradiuarius-style violin had its neck replaced at some point in its lifetime, which is commonly done to save the signature scroll of a top-quality original maker and this attests to the quality and craftsmanship of the instrument. More recently, it has been restored by renowned violin maker Rafael Storm who repaired and cleated top cracks, re-graduated the top and installed a new fingerboard of Ebony, new soundpost (of century old Spruce) and new bridge, nut and pegs. The date 1730 on the label is probably not accurate but put there at some point to make the instrument seem yet older. Comes in Polyfoam case.
Currently strung with Helicore steel-core strings.
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