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For Sale: A Banjo Killer! A Fine Vintage Violin by L. Ludwig, Germany, c. 1910. Free Shipping.

Posted By: GeorgeH (+4) | Rate Member
 Member 2+ Years  Verified Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$850 USD

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If you’re looking for a vintage fiddle that can cut through banjos and loud guitars, then you should try this one. It is loud with a rich bluegrass tone. And the gorgeous wine-red varnish makes it really stand-out!

This is a excellent example of early 20th century German violin making, and it is in very good condition. It reminds me of the high-quality Roth violins of the same period.

(Note: This is the second Ludwig violin that I have owned. Although it was not in playable condition when I purchased it, I bought it to have it restored because I liked the first one so much. This fiddle is just as nice, and a great player. I am sure that the next owner will be very happy with it.)

Here is how it was described in a 1909 Catalog (see picture of ad):

This violin is a copy of the celebrated Stradivarius violin, beautifully worked out by the artist, L. Ludwig, a man who has given most of his years to violin making. We have bought and sold all the violins Ludwig has been able to make in the last six years and we received nothing but unsolicited praise of their merits. It has a two-piece back of carefully selected, well seasoned maple, beautifully figured and flamed. The sides are of maple and the top is made of carefully selected even grain, thoroughly seasoned silver spruce. The neck is made of fine curly maple of perfect measurement. and the scroll is very carefully carved and finished. The model is perfect in every respect. The measurements are correct and such as will give the best possible tone results. The edges are very carefully worked out and the corners shaped, and the purfling inlaid with greatest accuracy. The soundholes are carefully and delicately cut. Don't forget that the first requisite of a violin Is tone, and the tone of a violin depends entirely upon the selection of the materials and care with which the details of construction are carried out. The body of the violin is finished in a brownish red color, covered with a specially prepared Bergamo oil varnish, giving the instrument a dull velvetlike appearance, the richness and beauty of which cannot be described. All trimmings are of the best quality jet black ebony wood. The tailpiece and pegs are handsomely carved in fancy design. opaque In finish, matching to perfection the style of instrument. This violin has a rich, strong and harmonious tone. which is bound to increase in volume and sweetness with use. We know the tone will charm you. Each violin bears a label on the inside with the maker's autograph. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by Imitations with which the market is flooded. This is a violin that cannot be duplicated for less than $45.00 to $50.00. No description we could give in these pages could do justice to the instrument. We guarantee that it will improve with age.”

It sold for $22.50 in 1909, a pretty high price for a violin back then. As you can see from the picture, this violin matches the description exactly.

The particular violin sings with a powerful tone from low to high. The sound is clean and full all the way up the neck. It has a strong resonant voice on the lower strings, and a sparkling soprano voice on the higher strings. It has excellent bow response, loads of volume, but also does not lose timbre when played softly.

Please email me for a sound sample, and let me know what style of music you play.

This violins retains its original ornately carved ebony pegs, and tailpiece which are very beautiful.

The bridge, nut, fingerboard, and tailpiece are all professionally set-up to proper proper playing specifications.

There is very little wear on this violin. However, there were some saddle cracks that I had professionally repaired after I bought it. The luthier removed the top and then glued and cleated the cracks (see pictures). These kinds of cracks are typical in older violins due to the spruce top shrinking around the ebony saddle. There are no sound post or bass bar cracks. The violin is fully restored, set-up, and ready to play for another 100 years!

This violin was built on an Italian Stradivarius model, and the arching and edges, and corners are precisely made. The length of the back is 359mm. All 4 corners are blocked. As you can see from the pictures, the interior workmanship on this violin is excellent.

If you buy this violin and decide it isn't what you were expecting, you can return it by USPS Priority mail, insured and undamaged, within 7 days for a full refund. You are responsible for the return shipping charges. It is obviously not returnable if the violin has been damaged in any way.


United States, Wilmington, DE, DE, 19810


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

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Used - Excellent Condition



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