Ernst Heinrich Roth – Bubenreuth/Erlangen 1998 IX-R Model
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Bubenreuth / Erlangen
anno 1998 Germany
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We have an Ernst Heinrich Roth model IX-R/64 violin which is a reproduction of the Joseph Guarneri del Gesu 1736 style. The instrument is in excellent condition and is branded with the serial # F7-0574. The violin carries with it a Roth certificate from the Bubenreuth/Erlangen workshop and a copy of a personal letter from Ernst H. Roth II answering questions about the instrument which was purchased directly from the workshop in 1998 by the original owner. The letter is dated April 13, 1999. The letter talks about the varnish and its make-up, the certificate was made for the violin in 1997 at the Roth workshop when the violin was completed. The two sets of photographs from the Roth workshop also accompany this violin. The back is of two pieces of highly flamed maple with medium-width flame which slants slightly upward from the center seam. The ribs, neck, and scroll are also highly flamed. The table is of medium-width straight-grained spruce. The varnish is a red/orange/brown layered oil and spirit mix, all hand drawn over a golden ground. Gorgeous shading, color, and clarity in the varnish. This violin is clean and has beautiful crisp lines.
Corpus 357.0 mm., Major Width 203.5 mm., Minor Width 164.5 mm., Rib Height 30.0 mm.
The sound is strong on all the voices. The response off the strings is tremendous. The bottom strings resonate with passion and a player will feel the violin pumping and putting out a mature tone. The instrument leans slightly to the darker side of sound, but also has strong brilliant overtones. I still come back to the fantastic evenness of sound over the entire violin. I simply love the sound. This Roth has a great look, full sweet sound, tonal clarity with maturity, and there are no flaws. This is an instrument for a serious player.