Stradivari Strings sources worldwide for fine, investment grade violins.
Based on our many years of expertise and wide network of resources, we have a selection of excellent hand crafted violins from Italy, Germany, France, Czekoslavakia and other parts of Europe.
Our collection of investment grade violins consists of antique violins and new violins. Discerning violin collectors and investors will appreciate our collection of violins:
Sebastian Klotz (1696 - 1768)
Members of the Klotz family have made violins in Mittenwald, Germany from the mid 17th century to the present. Instruments made by Sebastian Klotz are the most admired among the many existing examples by his family. .
Sebastian Klotz developed his own model, which lies stylistically between Amati and Stainer, with a middle to high arching which first runs down into a broad fluting leading to a shallower fluting before being integrated into the dimensionality of the edge work. Both the top and bottom ribs are in one piece, and have either been marked with a scratch or a chip cut in the middle.
When one looks at the instruments of Sebastian Klotz, one can recognize the hand of a hardworking, routined craftsman both through the exquisite detail work and perfection of his design. These instruments have a huge influence on violin making in Mittenwald until the beginning of the 19th century.
Antique violin hand crafted by Sebastian Klotz (German Violin)
Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin (1841 - 1923)
CJP Collin-Mezin was a distinguished French maker of violins, violas, bases and bows. He was an Officier de l'Academie des Beaux-Arts and won gold and silver medals at the Paris exhibitions in 1878, 1889 and 1900.
A number of famous violinists played on his instruments, and praised their quality and playability. These violinists include Joseph Joachim, Sivori, Leonard, Marie Tayau, and Jules Armingaud, who considered a Collin-Mezin equal to a Stradivarius for flexibility of sound.
CJP Collin-Mezin's work follows the designs of famous Italian schools Stradivarius, Guarnerius, and Amati. His violins are very finely crafted in every detail, and he uses old wood that was grown naturally. He developed his own unique varnish, which ranges in colour from yellow to brownish yellow. The violin scroll has a black outline along the edges.
Antique violin by CJP Collin-Mezin (French Violin)
Ernest Maucotel, (born 1867)
Ernest Maucotel was a pupil of Paul Bailly, but continued his studies in violinmaking in Moscow under his uncle, E. A. Salzard. Silvestre invited him back to Paris where he was principal violinmaker in Silvestre's workshop, and thereafter, in April 1900, became his business associate. After H. C. Silvestre's death in 1913 he continued on his own until 1922, when he became associated with the distinguished expert, Paul Deschamp, with whom he had a long and successful collaboration.
Ernest Maucotel Antique violin, hand crafted in 1902. Set up with Pernumbuco fittings.
Gunter H. Lobe, (born 1961)
Gunter H. Lobe apprenticed as a violin maker in Bubereuth and Mittenwald (Germany). Between 1980 - 2006, he won numerous awards in international competitions for violin, viola and cello: Silver medal for violin at the International Violin maker's competition in Mittenwald (Germany), Silver medal for viola at the 7th International Violin makers' Antonio Stradivari Competition in Cremona (Italy), Cello award at the Triennale Internazionale of string instruments in Cremona (Italy), best German violin maker in the category violin at the Triennale Internazionale in Cremona.
Gunther Lobe Violin
From a distinguished family of violin makers, Walter Mahr passed his master craftsman's examination and set up his own business in his home village of Bubenreuth. He is a member of the Association of German Violin and Bow-Makers and the Violin society of America. Since 2000, he is a State-Certified Master for making stringed instruments.
Walter Mahr (Model IV) Violin, an instrument made in Germany with a soul from Bavaria.
120 year old antique violin, Mint Condition (German Violin)
80 year old antique violin, Mint Condition (German Violin)
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