Western NC maker Alfred Michaels ~7/8 violin. Maker's mark indicates "Alfred Michaels faciebat Valle Crucis N.C. anno D. 1982" - which would date this build from his first year in the US after his meister apprenticeship and emigrating from Germany. (~If unfamiliar with Al's work his Solitude shop webpage appears still active as a de facto archive solitudeviolinshop.weebly.com/about.html). I purchased on a visit to Mary Gordon's Celestial Mountain Music (now closed) in Brevard NC in 2001. From all the old-musics friendly fiddles in the shop that day - this is the one that soared above. I had no hesitation selecting on its merits over any of the more standard shapes. Shows telltales of the Amati violin design. Excellent condition overall - note closeup showing checks at bottom lower bout likely from playing/bowing (very minor, and not on my watch). imho the ~7/8 may have been a custom carve and not a fractionally specific "7/8"; the fingerboard length and lower bout width (at bout center) are ~4 /4, the body length and upper bout come in ~0.5" smaller (which positions the fingerboard closer to join). Note pic when placed next to my ca. 1900 Hopf-style fiddle (concurrently listed, and now sold via Reverb), which is as 4 /4 as it gets. Excels in clarity, and yields a focused, energetic tone - and is exceptionally responsive to touch and attack - very dynamic. You get why Al Michaels is a revered and now sorely missed maker from the WNC scene and old time musics home ground. Includes Bobelock case with in case hygrometer, purchased ca. 2005. Ships Fedex Ground to CONUS addresses only - local pickup on offer vic 78745. Open to reasonable offers. Thanks!
United States, TX, 78745
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Used - Excellent Condition
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