There is definitely a shortage of five string instruments
that fit this description - so it is with quite some pride that
this well presented, superb sounding instrument is up and ready
You'll be pleased to know that along with the good
looks and sound the model and proportions of this instrument make
it a very manageable one to play indeed. Just take a look at the
stats. The length of back measurement is only 112.6cm and the string
length is a mere 106.0cm.
The violin outline and gentle arching is Strad influenced.
Yes. A well proportioned model coupled with arching
that is gentle and flows is always conducive to a well sounding
The back and ribs are constructed from well figured
maples and the front is made from straight-grained spruce of a
medium to wide width.
Yes indeed. The maker has embellished the back with
a simple geometric loop to the purfilling - just below the back
button. It makes a very nice finishing touch and is a distinguishing
feature of the instrument.
The red-brown spirit varnish over a yellow ground
is the original and is in an excellent state of preservation.
No - unfortunately there are no internal labels or inscriptions.
The features of the instrument (model, timber, workmanship,
varnish etc) suggest the violin making area around Markneukirchen.
Yes - the edge protectors were added to the instrument
at a later date. Their generous length means that one thing is
for sure - and that is - they are certain to protect the edges
of the instrument from wear!
The tuning machines were made by hand in England
and are of a small conical design. The cogs and worms feature a
very fine gearing - which means that incredibly precise tuning
can be achieved. Simply perfect for five-string instruments!
Yes sir. The beautiful figure of the new maple neck
has been brought out and enhanced by a high level finish. Onto
the upper surface of the neck we've fitted a top-quality fingerboard
of the most sublime quality. When you play the instrument we think
that you'll agree that both neck and board feel as good as they
look. And that is super-smoooo...th.
Yes - we've fitted some beautiful boxwood adjusters
to a top quality Chevalets Despieu bridge. If you do have to make
the odd adjustment to the height of the bridge - we reckon that
you'll be mighty impressed by how easy they are to use and just
how great they feel in the hand.
Yes - we always like to present out instruments
in the best way possible.
The G-E strings are Thomastic Belcanto. The low
B is a Thomastic Superflexible. We boffins at The Contrabass Shoppe
think that this combination is both responsive and full sounding.
It has deep, dark, tonally rich sounds. The sort
of sounds that are the fundamentals of any orchestra.
Sound alone should sell this instrument - but the
fact is - there really is a quite extensive list of positives that
make this the sort instrument that should be placed high up on
your wanted list. Firstly it is a five string, secondly it is an
excellent model, third - it's well made, fourth - it's very playable,
fifth - it looks and feels good and sixth - it's in great condition.
If all that isn't enough to "float your boat" - then I'm quite
positive that the price will. With old 5-string - English and Italian
instruments virtually unobtainable and in most cases - financially
- well beyond the reach of most - this "complete" orchestral
instrument surely is unbeatable value for money.
LOB (length of back) - 112.6cm (44.40in)
Width across upper bouts - 52.1cm (20.50in)
Width across middle bouts - 37.9cm (14.90in)
Width across lower bouts - 68.0cm (26.75in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates - 23.1cm (9.15in)
Body Stop - 61.4cm (24.20in)
String Length - 106.0cm (41.75in)