German Violin - E. Martin - Copy of Stradivarius - Sachsen, Germany - Late 1800s

German Violin - E. Martin - Copy of Stradivarius - Sachsen, Germany - Late 1800s
  • German Violin - E. Martin - Copy of Stradivarius - Sachsen, Germany - Late 1800s
  • German Violin - E. Martin - Copy of Stradivarius - Sachsen, Germany - Late 1800s
  • German Violin - E. Martin - Copy of Stradivarius - Sachsen, Germany - Late 1800s
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Wilhelm Ernst Martin or E. Martin (1862-1907) was a pupil of E. Glaesel and worked out of the Markneukirchen (Saxon), Germany area of violin making.  He specialized in making instruments based on Lupot, Amati, and Stradivarius at the turn of the century.  

This beautiful example of his work is a Stradivarius copy, as distinguished by its craftsmanship and as noted on its original label.  The violin features a tightly grained Spruce top with tight purfling inlaid close to the instrument’s edges.  The back plate is made of a single piece of beautifully flamed Maple and bears the E.M. brand stamp found on E. Martin’s higher end of instruments.  The instrument’s ribs, neck, and scroll are also made of flamed Maple.  Featuring Ebony pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece, and chinrest, the violin has been set up with a Rock Maple Aubert Deluxe bridge.  Finished in a deep golden-brown oil varnish, the violin produces a warm, lustrous sound that is both clear and powerful.  Despite an expertly repaired top crack extending from the bass side f-hole to the chinrest, the violin sounds and plays beautifully.  The instrument is in remarkable condition, with only minor finish imperfections, given its age.  A wonderful example of the German school of violin making.  

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