Fine Contemporary Violin, Mathias Dahl, 1973
Full, powerful, clean
This Stradivarius model violin was made by Mathias Dahl shortly before his untimely death in 1973. At a very young age it was clear he had a particular aptitude for working with instruments. In 1910 he moved to Minneapolis to study under H.P. Blakkestead’s instruction through the Blakkestead Music Company. Dahl follows models of Stradivari and Guarneri instruments as closely as possible. His masterful precision is best represented through the sound holes, the scroll, and the purfling on his instruments - this violin exemplifies these characteristics.
The back is strikingly beautiful, formed by a single piece of maple with medium flame slanting upward from left to right. The wood of the ribs and scroll match that of the back. The prominent grain of the two-piece spruce top accentuates the high quality of the wood chosen. The instrument is varnished a lovely reddish brown, with shading and antiquing resulting in a beautiful complexity of colors.
The violin bears the maker's original label as well as his brand-stamp beneath the button of the back. The interior label reads ‘The Dahl Stradivarius, Facit Minneapolis anno 1973’ next to a stamp.
The sound is surprisingly powerful, yet full. This professional violin is very comfortable to play and would be perfect in the hands of a serious violinist.
The violin is in perfect condition, and must look exactly as it appeared when finished.
Upper Bouts: 17.1cm
Middle Bouts: 11.2cm
Lower Bouts: 20.5cm