1900s German-made 4/4 "Brown" Violin

These dark-brown-finished German-import violins show up from the late 1800s through the early 1900s pretty often. This one is probably from around 1900 but the style was made through the 1930s. This one's in great shape and is crack-free and has a good neck angle. Unlike many of the import violins from the time, this also has a nicer rosewood fingerboard compared to the usual ebonized maple.

Tone is clean and balanced with good, thick mids. It handles well and I've set it up with fast-and-low action for fiddling.

Repairs included: minor seam reglues, setting the soundpost, adjusting the bridge, and setup.

Setup notes: action is low and quick for fiddling. Strings are John Pearse Mezzos which sound and play like Thomastik Dominants -- they're nylon-core on the GDA strings and plain steel for the E. The neck has a little bit of scoop to it as it rises on the extension but it is unnoticeable as far as playing is concerned.

Scale length: 13"
Nut width: 7/8"
String spacing at nut: 11/16"
String spacing at bridge: 1 7/16"
Body length: 14"
Lower bout width: 8"
Waist width: 4 1/4"
Upper bout width: 6 1/2"
Side depth at endpin: 1 7/16"
Top wood: solid spruce
Back/sides wood: solid maple, 2-piece flamed back
Neck wood: maple
Bracing type: tonebar + soundpost
Fingerboard: rosewood
Bridge: maple
Neck feel: medium C-shape

Condition notes: there's an average amount of finish-wear and weather-checking to the finish but it's otherwise in good order and crack-free. It appears mostly original but the high E peg is a replacement and I'm sure the bridge is, too. There are a few spots on the back where the finish has lost some of its gloss but they're not obvious at a glance. The pegs are decently-fit and hold well but are not perfectly-fit.

It comes with: an antique hard case.