This is a handsome Guarneri copy made about 1925 in the workshop of Oskar Hermann Seidel of Markneurkirchen. This East German town has been famous for string instrument making for over two hundred years.
This violin is built on a player-friendly Guarneri pattern. The compact upper bouts make it easy to negotiate the higher positions.
The violin is covered in a beautifully transparent red-orange varnish on a gold ground. It has been lightly antiqued in the best Markneukirchen tradition .
The tone is robust and projects well. This is a good all-around violin especially suited for orchestral use.