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The courses are normally tuned in a succession of perfect fifths.It is the soprano member of a family that includes the mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and mandobass.Labor was cheap in those days compared to the price of materials as ebony, leading to the manufacture of composite fingerboards of pear wood veneer over spruce, being at least fortuitously lightweight. The original label of an honest if unsung maker of Klingenthal (or thereabouts) named Johann Friedrich Hoyer (ca.(with monogram RB in circle), made by Richard Blois, his personal violin (he died several years ago on the Oregon coast), with his leather case, etc., beautiful, golden (gamboge) varnish, one piece back, mint, probably made in London. 1750) is characteristically glued onto the inner right middle rib.; literally "small mandola") is a stringed musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or "pick".It commonly has four courses of doubled metal strings tuned in unison (8 strings), although five (10 strings) and six (12 strings) course versions also exist.He died 27 March, 1837, the son of and successor to Mathias G., 1714-1803.
The round-back has a deep bottom, constructed of strips of wood, glued together into a bowl.
Handwritten inside on the upper block : " This violin is made of very old Italian wood. Photographs of this authentic instrument occupy a page, plate 38, in Jalovec's A fine bit of carving at the head of this otherwise ordinary late 19th C. Probably composite "homework," by different specialists, as the head carver most frequently was. [Note: I was recently informed that he was actually born in NYC, where his concert pianist mother was on tour. Later moved to Pasadena in the late 1950's, and studied violin repair under Herbert Gray c. Hopf Violin Stamped * HOPF * inside, HOPF (with individual letter stamps) on back under button, handwritten inside "John G. German Violin A favorite example of a violin of this school, it strikes one as very different, but strongly beautiful in its own style sounding robustly if Staineresque.
In this case the other cobblers of the fiddle were of a lower level of artistry. He was taken back to England at a very young age and grew up there.] Studied to be a concert pianist at the Royal Academy of Music . A long narrow pegbox over a "chesty" body with 50 mm between the upper f's!
This one is labeled , probably the seller rather than the maker.
The Concert Zither is played with picks on a portable table, the chords (Begleit) coming from the color coded groups of strings beyond the fretboard.