Here is a nice antique Johan Martin Hofman Violin for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift or keep it for yourself!
This violin has a label in it that says Johan Martin Hofman in it. See the label picture for all the other wording. This is not an authentic Johan Martin Violin. That maker lived 150 plus years before the year noted on this violin label. So, this violin is a reproduction made by some fine luthier shop in Germany in the late 1800s which was very typical for violins made during the 1860s to 1920s period.
The pictures do not do justice to the beauty of this violin. The violin has a one piece soundboard and one piece back. Some rosin residue and finish most notably on the belly, some on the back. Nice darker redddish brown stain on the entire violin. A few hairlines that run up to the f holes on both sides of the violin. Appear to have been repaired in the past as not open now. Same with a few that run down from the top of the violin body. Appears to be a hairline in the back as well close to where the sound post makes contact with the body. Nice purfling, f hole, and scroll work. The corner blocks are in place. The beaks look good. The fingerboard has no ridging that would impede string play. The four tuning pegs are in place. The soundboard and back are tightly glued to the sides, no separations to report.
The sound post is up and in place. Nice one piece back on this fiddle with beautiful maple "tiger" striping. The purfling is painted on, not inlay. The chin rest, nut, and tailpiece come with the violin. Tuner box is clean, no cracks or previous repairs. The neck is securely attached to the body of the violin.
The violin is 23" long (584.2mm), by 8.25" (209.55mm) across at the lower bout and 6-11/16" (152.4mm) across at the upper bout. The violin body is 13-7/8" (330.2mm) long.
The violin comes in an older hard case that shows some wear and tear. The latches all work and top securely attached to the base. A make shift handle is still on the case. There is no violin bow that comes with this violin. We have a number of violin bows for sale at any time separately in our store.
This musical instrument is not represented to be in playing condition. There will need to be refurbishing done to make this instrument playable again. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures.
The pictures provided both complement and supplement the listing description, so please look at them very closely as well. With old items, there is no way one can capture all the little imperfections of antique items in words, so the two media are meant to be the full description.
Make sure that this musical instrument meets your needs and requirements before deciding to acquire it and you have reached your own opinion as to this violin's maker and authenticity. The item can be returned, there is a 10% restocking fee to do so.
So, please carefully review all the attached pictures, ask all the questions you have, come see in person or send a friend to see the item on your behalf, prior to deciding to acquire it. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
The strings and tailpiece will be removed to be able to more safely ship this violin to you. So, expect some reassembly. Comes with a semi-hard case. The latches and lock latch on the case work, top attached to base. See pics for some other items that were in the case that come with the violin as well.
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