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Rentals & IntermediateAll • Professional & Restorations • Consignment

 

VIOLINS

Take a look at some of the violins we have for sale. If anything catches your eye, come in and give it a listen!  We’re happy to play it for you, or you can try any of the instruments yourself. We have many more instruments in stock that are not on the website; call with questions or stop on by!

The instruments are photographed under natural light and are never edited. Email us for additional photographs. 

If you'd like to learn more about our rental program click here.

 

Amati Bel Suono 101 - $499

2015

These instruments are available for rental or purchase and are just lovely. They have a sweet, strong sound and all vary a bit in look and sound. As always, we recommend coming down and hearing them side by side!

 

As with all of our instruments they have a solid ebony fingerboard and real purfling inlay. This instrument has been professionally set up to be in precise playing condition. The wood has been aged and dried so it will not change shape over time; a well-made violin will last hundreds of years. Our student-level instruments come as a package with a case and bow.

 

Farbegeigen 4/4 Violin - $549 (C052)

2006 (consigment)

This instrument was conditioned, varnished, and set up here at Austin Strings. We do only a few of these each year; they are ordered directly from Romania and the wood comes from the Carpathian forest. We get them in the white when the wood is still bare. The advantage when working with an instrument in the white is we know exactly what is put onto the wood. It is very important that the varnish is applied correctly so as not to clog the grain. If a violin is varnished incorrectly, the wood will not vibrate and will muffle the sound. We first remove the top of the instrument and regraduate the inside to an ideal thickness, then we seal the wood with a substance that both protects and amplifies vibration. Once the top is reglued, we seal the outside and begin the many layers of a varnish recipe that is very similar to many old German varnishes. The varnish is handrubbed and a totally unique color. As an instrument gets older and gets played more often, it will sound better and better. This instrument was set up in 2006. Comes with a case and wood bow. As this is a consignment this particular instrument is available for purchase only.

Amati Bel Suono - Solid Back - $699

2015

This instrument is new with a lovely sound, clear and rich; the sound is much nicer than most others in this price range. The violin has a hand-rubbed oil varnish with a satin luster. The fittings are solid ebony with parisian eye inlay and this particular violin has a gorgeous curly maple quarter sawn solid back. The chin rest in the photo is ebony, and the style can be switched out depending on which one is the most comfortable. An amazing value; this is available for rental or purchase. Includes a case and bow of your choice - 20% off when purchased outright.

Amati Bel Suono - Split Back - $699

2015

This instrument is new with a lovely sound, clear and rich; the sound is much nicer than most others in this price range. The violin has a hand-rubbed oil varnish with a satin luster. The fittings are solid ebony with parisian eye inlay and this particular violin has a very tight grain which is a good visual indication of an instrument that will project well. The back is quarter-sawn curly maple. The chin rest in the photo is ebony and the style can be switched out depending on which one is the most comfortable. An amazing value; this is available for rental or purchase. Includes a case and bow - 20% off when purchased outright.

Josef Klotz - $1,200

1887 - 1899

This is an authentic Josef Klotz Violin from the late 1800’s: 1887-1899. Because of it’s long-scale body, the measurements date this instrument to pre-1900, the Made in Germany stamp on the label dates it after the Merchandise Marks Act of 1887. Starting in the mid 1700’s The Klotz family made instruments and taught many other families in the area the violin trade. Authentic Klotz violins have very distinctive corners and top/back graduation-style as well as the look of the f-holes and a saxon scroll. The font of the Klotz stamp on the back is set to an arc with a slightly offset Z.  These instruments sell on auction from $2,000-$5,000. This violin has a neck repair that was done here in the shop several years ago and is very solid; the instrument was set up and played on for years after the repair was done. As the repair was done in our shop, it is guaranteed. An amazing-sounding instrument with an incredibly rich history. Because of the neck repair we are asking $1,200 including a case and bow.

SOLD: HOPF violin, stamped HOPE, $1,200

WWI, 1914-1918

HOPF violin.  Made during WWI when the factory was placing the word “HOPE” on the the back stamp because of anti-semitism.  Made in Klingenthal by family that eventually ended up immigrating to Great Britain and Ireland.  Many of the “HOPE” violins are being played in Ireland to this day. This violin has the characteristic HOPF shape, and German varnish.  Re-graduated with a new bass-bar, end-blocks and neck.  Some top cracks and varnish repaired on the top.  Back and sides are original. The original neck had mechanical pegs and so had to be replaced.  It has been restored and plays wonderfully.  Clear loud tone, pleasing to the ear.  Auction prices on HOPF violins stamped HOPE have been between $1963.00- $6900.  Because of varnish on the top not being original this one is priced to sell at $1200.

Belissimo Bosco Violin, $1400

2014

This instrument is new and has a big, clear sound. The varnish is lightly antiqued around the edges to add interest and the curly maple on the back and sides is stunning. Fittings are solid ebony with imitation bone accents, and as with any instrument in this price category the purfling is real, the fingerboard/nut/saddle are solid ebony. The instrument has been professionally set up here in the shop and plays like a dream!

Walter Senkow, $6,500

1914-1999

Walter was born in a small mining town in Pennsylvania. He taught himself how to build violins in his 20’s as he couldn’t afford to purchase one but wanted to play. He made most of his violins in Dallas, Texas. His son still runs his father’s violin shop. Walter loved to try and make his violins sound good and experimented with many finishes and techniques.

This violin was made in 1967 and is authenticated by his son who remembers this violin being made when he was a small boy. It has a solid back and solid ebony fittings. It has the characteristic ebony inlay between the button and ribs which Walter did on many of his violins. This violin is in perfect condition; it's just beautiful. For more information on Walter please visit www.senkowviolins.com. This would make a great investment and a great violin for any player.

Helmut Ellersieck, $10,200

October 1946, Hand-Signed

Helmut Ellersieck was born in Rostock, Germany in 1886. At the age of 14 he began a violin apprenticeship under Ernest Kreul in Markneukirchen. In 1927 he immigrated to the US, eventually making his home in Los Angeles where he continues to make violins until 1956. This violin was made in October 1946, and is hand-signed by the maker. This violin has his characteristic stamps below the button and in several places inside the violin. It has a one piece back with original light amber finish, and ebony fittings. Large powerful sound, very well made. Great for a player or as an investment, as it will continue to increase in value due to the way the maker stamped his instruments.

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