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For Sale: Vintage 4/4 Violin from 1800's with Narrow Neck Perfect for Smaller Hands

Posted By: GeorgeH (0) | Rate Member
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$1,100 USD

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This gorgeous full-size violin was made in Saxony (now Germany) the mid-to-late1800's. It has a narrower-than-standard neck and fingerboard making it a perfect violin for someone with smaller hands. As the luthier who recently examined and refurbished this violin said, "It sounds great and someone is going to love that neck!"

The violin sings with a remarkably sonorous voice. It has a strong, deep, and resonant voice on the lower strings, and a rich powerful voice on the higher strings. There are no weaknesses in any of the strings, and the sound is clean and full all the way up the neck. It has excellent bow response, plenty of volume for solos, and does not lose timbre when played softly.

This violin is suitable for a professional player or an advanced student with smaller hands who wants to play faster and easier than they can with a standard width neck. A narrower neck makes playing double-stops much easier, and reduces stress and tension in your left hand. If this appeals to you, then you really should compare this violin with your current violin to feel the difference. It is a rare opportunity to get a great sounding violin with a narrower neck!

The violin does not have a maker's label. The only label reads "Trefflé Gervais Boston Mass. Repaired 1917." Trefflé Gervais was a well-known violin maker and repair person in Boston.

The tone woods and workmanship are outstanding. The one-piece back is simply gorgeous, and was carefully carved from nicely flamed maple. The ribs are planed from similar maple. The 2-piece top is made from spruce with a very narrow grain in the center and widening toward the flanks. The original light brown varnish is highly transparent, and was carefully and artistically applied over a golden ground. The beauty of this violin is enhanced by the wear in the original varnish which displays its authentic antique character.

The violin is in excellent condition, and has been completely inspected and refurbished by a professional luthier, including fitting a new sound post, nut, and tailpiece. The bridge, nut, fingerboard, and tailpiece are all set-up to proper playing specifications. Like most old violins, it has several well-repaired cracks in the top, but no soundpost cracks, and no cracks or repairs in the back. The violin is fitted with Thomastik-Infeld Spirit strings.

The violin comes with a free brand-new Toshira Deluxe dart-shaped case from Shar music. The Toshira case is a suspension case with a strong plywood shell. It also features matched hardware, large sturdy handle, professional central latch, built-in back straps, large area for shoulder rest with Velcro restraint, lid stress-relief restraint, and covered bow ribbons.

The price for this vintage violin and new case is only $1,100.

This violin would easily cost between $3,000 and $4,000 if purchased from a dealer. Unlike new mass-produced violins imported from China, a beautiful vintage European instrument like this violin is an investment that will continue to increase in value over time.


United States, DE, 19810


Prefer local pick-up Philadelphia area.

Payment Methods: (Buyer Pays Fees), Cash (in person)

Return Policy:

Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 7 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition



Unknown maker

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