Helmuth Ellersieck #774 Strad 1714 model 1948, LA
Clear, resonant, responsive
Helmut Ellersieck was born in Rostock, Germany in the year 1886. At the age of fourteen, Ellersieck began his violin making apprenticeship under Ernest Kreul in Markneukirchen. In 1927, Ellersieck emigrated to the United States, and continued his splendid violin making career in Los Angeles.
This violin has a lovely back of two pieces of quarter-cut maple. The wood has striking medium-narrow flame and beautiful figuring. The ribs and scroll match the back. The top is two pieces of spruce with narrow and even grain. The violin is covered with a golden-yellow varnish, with tasteful shading and darkening to reveal a pale-golden ground.
The tone is clear and resonant, with a radiant top and a playability that is responsive in all registers.
The interior label reads: Helmuth Ellersieck Los Angeles Faciebat Anno 1948, #774 Strad 1714 - as well as the maker’s stamp.
The violin is in excellent condition.
Upper Bouts: 16.8cm
Middle Bouts: 11.3cm
Lower Bouts: 20.7cm