Contemporary Master Violin, Bench copy of Goffriller - Paul Hart, Salt Lake City 2007
Powerful, even, clear, soloistic
Paul Hart became interested in musical instruments while he was in high school and began making his own without formal training. He worked for Peter Prier Violins and was a teacher at the Violin Making School of America for several years before opening his own shop. He received Gold Medals from the Violin Society in 1978 and 1980. This master violin reflects a deep study of the work of Matteo Goffriller. Goffriller was active between 1685–1735 and was the founder of the "Venetian School" of luthiers, during a time when Venice was one of the most important centers of musical activity in the world. This bench copy is modeled after a 1698 Goffriller and echoes the original in both aesthetic and sound.
The two-piece spruce top is subtly arched with narrow, even grain, and the unique one piece back is a lovely canvas for Hart’s choice in varnish. The instrument is covered in a dark amber color that is beautifully antiqued to reveal a pale golden ground.
This violin has an absolutely magnificent acoustic profile. The powerful and clear tone would satisfy any player from section to soloist, and the even sound is a lovely foundation for expression.
The label reads: “Master Bench Copy 2007, Matteo Goffriller in Venetia all’ Infegna di Cremona 1698 Paul Hart.” The violin is in excellent condition.
Upper Bouts: 16.7cm
Middle Bouts: 11.1cm
Lower Bouts: 20.5cm