This instrument was made in the style of the Brescian makers. The top is of fine grained spruce in two pieces, and the one piece back is highly flamed maple, with matching ribs. Varnish is apparently oil based and a very warm brown with golden highlights. The date of origin is uncertain, although the Hopf label has a handwritten date of 1730. The first recorded repair was performed in 1893, the second by Mr. Neff in Philadelphia in 1938, and the next repair in 1963. The last restoration was done in my shop in 2003, and my repair label is visible inside the treble F-hole. The instrument has a wonderful full soloistic tone and would hold its own in any orchestra or as a solo instrument. Sale price: $3500.
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