A Fine German Violin by Heinrich Th. Heberlein, 1925 Copy of Antonius Stradivarius, Labelled and Branded


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Heinrich Th. Heberlein jr.
Markneukirchen 1925 (maker’s monogram on label)
Made in Germany
Copie: Antonius Stradivarius 1726

Branded Above the label: H. Th. Heberlein jr. (maker’s monogram branded)

We are offering a gorgeous Heinrich Theodore Heberlein Jr. (1843- 1910) violin. He was the most famous member of the Heberlein family and one of the best Markneukirchen makers of his day. He studied with his father, Carl August Heberlein. In 1863 he established own independent workshop in Markneukirchen, where he worked up into the 1900’s He also taught at the Markneukirchen violin making school and his instruments received about a dozen medals at exhibitions throughout Europe. He studied the fine Italian violins and made gorgeous replicas of the old masters and copied their traits. His varnish was always applied to each instrument to imitate an older, classic worn appearance. The varnish on this instrument is stunning. Heberlein was a detail person in every aspect of building and finishing string instruments and/or bows he made. The choice of wood on the instrument is a knockout. Highly flamed two-piece back and matching ribs, neck, and scroll. The spruce top plate has very straight and tight grain that slightly broadens in the lower flanks. This 1920’s Heberlein is branded inside the violin and is from a much sought after decade many players are looking for.

• Corpus 356.0 mm.
• Major Width 209.0 mm.
• Minor Width 166.5 mm.
• Rib Height 30.0 mm.

The sound of this violin jumps off the strings. The bottom end is round and large. It is powerful and has some guts. The overtones are surely evident, and I love how I can feel the entire violin. The sound is rich, and clear throughout the core of the violin. The sound leans to the darker side on the bass end and brighter on the treble sound. The sound is very responsive and almost velvet in texture. The violin is ready for a serious player looking to stand out in their section of the orchestra.