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If you live outside the Washington, DC area and would like to buy one of the violins below please contact me at 703-405-6230 or by email. I ship violins via US Postal Service and offer a 10-day return policy.

 

Amati, Asian manufacture 4/4. This violin delivers a sweet sound with excellent playability. Tight-grained top, well-figured back and an attractive dark-face antiquing. Creatively labeled to Josef Klotz. An excellent beginner instrument with a very nice price: $499 with case and bow.

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Stradivarius, circa 1890, German 4/4. Every once a while a violin crosses my bench that has experienced tough love but sounds fantastic perhaps because of it. This old girl has seen it all: button repair, top repair, rib repair, corner fix. The restoration work ranges from excellent to serviceable but forget cosmetics. This fiddle has serious soul: rich, powerful, complex and extremely responsive. Perfect for Celtic or bluegrass styles. It's a gem waiting to make you happy. $895

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Liu Xi, Shanghai 4/4. This is a high-end Asian workshop violin that is handmade -- and absolutely beautiful. All appointments are there, from the finely tooled scroll to the properly graduated top and luxurious finish. Killer curly maple on back, neck and sides! Sings in a darker tone, with plenty of response. $975 w/case.

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Martini Augusto 4/4. A beautiful, hand-varnished instrument with a handsome one-piece back and boxwood fittings. Guarneri pattern. Full and even tone through all registers. Nice angiquing. Minor playing wear. $1,150

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Eduard Reichert, 1910, German 4/4. Reichert violins were made in Saxony and deliver some of the best tonal color available in older European workshop fiddles. This example sports a medium top grain, two-piece back and a nicely defined scroll. Minor top repairs. Some playing wear. $1,395

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Anton Schroetter, 1940s, German 4/4. The top is tight grained, the scroll fully carved and the finish and antiquing superb. Minor playing wear. $1,299

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Amati, 1960s, German 4/4. This violin delivers all the sweetness of an Amati in a truly beautiful package. The one-piece maple back is a treasure, the scroll scrumptious and the golden varnish luminescent. It just feels right in your hands. This fiddle has a very quick response across all strings and a respectable low end. One nearly indiscernable top repair. $1,275

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E. Martin, 1920s, German 4/4. I've never played an E. Martin that didn't sound superb. This violin is no exception and delivers a smooth, mature tone. Made in Saxony in one of the best German workshops, this Strad- pattern example has an attractive two-piece back and marked curl on ribs and neck plus black chasing on scroll. Minor playing wear. $1,500 .

 

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Stradivarius, circa 1920, Czech 4/4. This is a nicely made and excellent sounding European violin. Beautiful flame on back, skillful scroll, rosewood fittings. Minor wear. Perfect for the advancing classical player. $1,399 with used case.

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Alberto Bertini, circa 1900, German 4/4. What can I say? This violin has the sound. Loads of growl and depth to spare. Nice flame and fully carved scroll. Several top repairs and minor playing wear. A violin to play and love a whole life long. $1,400

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Caussin label, circa 1880 4/4. This violin was most likely made in Germany in the style of the popular French Caussin workshop. It sports the classic black-face front, antiquing and strong grain pattern of the Caussins. It's a copy of an English Duke violin, with high arching. The violin is fully blocked and lined and delivers the goods in a deep, strong voice. If you like depth and power, this violin is for you. $1,750 with case.

 

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R.W. McCluskie, No. 374, American, 4/4. McCluskie's name as a gifted luthier is known to a precious few. I want to change that. This fine violin is a work of art from the tip of the scroll to its endpin. Love bee-sting corners? Bam. Love back-plate pins? Bam. Love antiquing and varnish so exquisite you can stare for hours and never miss the time? Bam. This violin, built in 2012, sports a tight-grained top and handsome curly maple back and sides. Its tone is crisp and powerful but not overbright. $5,900 with case

 

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R.W. McCluskie, No. 378, American 4/4. This exquisite handmade violin has a top table of red spruce and a stunning one-piece back of gorgeously figured red maple. Its tone is rich and warm with a growl that can be dialed in a will. It's a fiddle that reads your mind and knows what you want to do next. How is this possible? Nobody knows, but you will understand the minute you draw a bow across this magnificent instrument. $6,200 with case.

 

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Coming soon!

French Medio Fino circa 1885 4/4

E. Martin, circa 1900 4/4

American, circa 1900 4/4

Guarneri, circa 1920 4/4

 

Violins recently sold:

R.W. McCluskie, 1996 American 4/4

Maggini, 1890 4/4

E. Martin, 1920 4/4

R.W. McCluskie, 2002 American 4/4

R.W. McCluskie, 2013 American 4/4

Jos. Bohman, 1900 4/4

George Maynard, circa 1890, American 4/4

Heberlin, circa 1900, German 4/4

JTL Medio Fino, circa 1885, French 4/4

Maggini copy, circa 1890, German 4/4

Terence O'Loughlin, 1921, Boston 4/4

Carlo Alberi, circa 1890, German 4/4