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For Sale: A Fine Red Violin by Roth and Lederer c. 1900, Germany

Posted By: GeorgeH (+5) | Rate Member
 Member 2+ Years  Verified Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$1,499 USD

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This violin was made by Ernst Heinrich Roth in collaboration with Max Lederer in his early years before he started the great E. H. Roth firm.

It is a beautiful example of fine early 20th century German violin making, and it is in outstanding condition. It bears the authentic label of Roth and Lederer:

Antonius Stradivarius
Made by
Roth & Lederer

The violin also bears the handwritten number “143” on the inside back.

This violin sings with a beautiful focused tone from low to high. The sound is full all the way up the neck. It has a strong baritone voice on the lower strings, and a silvery soprano voice on the higher strings. It has excellent bow response, plenty of volume, and does not lose timbre when played softly. It is neither excessively dark nor excessively bright, but has a range of tone colors that are ideal for an expressive fiddler.

Please message me if you’d like a sound sample.

This violin exhibits the quality that Ernst Heinrich Roth violins in the 1920’s became famous for. The workmanship is excellent and the tone woods are beautiful.

It has a two-piece back of beautifully figured and flamed maple. The sides are of of similar maple and the top is made of straight narrow-grain spruce. The neck is of perfect measurements and made of fine maple, and the scroll is carefully carved and finished. The edges are very nicely carved, and the purfling inlaid with great accuracy. The f-holes are precisely cut in the Stradivarius style.

The violin has a beautiful and bold transparent red varnish that is in exceptional original condition. This red varnish is highly characteristic of Roth and Lederer violins, and it really stands out from more common brown and orange violins. The pegs are fine rosewood, the chinrest and endpin are jet-black ebony, and the tailpiece is a “Wittner Ultra Composite” with 4 fine tuners.

The bridge, nut, fingerboard, and tailpiece have all been professionally set-up to proper playing specifications at David Bromberg's Fine Violins in Wilmington, Delaware. It is currently is set-up with D'Addario Pro-Arte strings.

This violin was built on an Italian Stradivarius model, and the arching, edges, and corners are precisely made. All 4 corners are blocked.

The dimensions are as follows:

Length of the back: 357mm
Length of the neck: 130mm
Body stop: 195mm

There are no cracks or repaired cracks in the top, back, ribs, or pegbox. and there is very little wear anywhere on this violin. It is in remarkably good condition for a ~120 year-old violin!

This violin is an authentic violin made by Roth and Lederer, and is set-up and ready for you to play.

Please study the pictures closely as they are an essential part of the description. Please ask me any questions before you buy. I can send you additional pictures if you would like. I have included detailed un-retouched pictures and described it as best that I can.

The violin will be shipped to you carefully packed inside a brand-new Toshira Deluxe Violin Case. The Toshira Deluxe dart-shaped case is sold by Shar Music and has a compact design, suspension features, and a strong plywood shell. It will protect your violin well.


United States, Wilmington, DE, 19810


29.99 continental US only, please.

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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.

Additional return policy details: If you decide it isn't the instrument for you, you can notify me within 7 days for a complete refund minus my actual shipping costs provided that the violin and case are in exactly the same condition you received it in.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition



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