Fine 1930s Violin by Rushworth and Dreaper.The Apollo. No.9.4/4



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This is a fabulous full sized violin from the well known musical instrument firm of Rushworth and Dreaper in Liverpool, who finally closed the doors on their family business in 2002.
Established in 1828, they built pipe organs and imported fine instruments from Europe.The emphasis on their own instruments was so pronounced that the stringed instruments they imported from Germany (and, to a lesser extent, from France) were named after different kinds of Rushworth & Dreaper organs.
This “Apollo” violin was amongst the series of instruments that received their name from the very successful, large and acoustically commanding model of harmoniums the company built.
The violin bears the original Apollo label which also states “Style 9” and is dated 1930.(see photo)
It is a lovely violin, with a mature sound, rich in overtones and resonant, which has a very strong tone, full of character, clear and brilliant.
This instrument with its distinctive colours is possibly French?; its extremely transparent and highly glossy varnish in a warm orange/brown lets the beauty of the deeply flamed two piece back shine through.
There are no splits or woodworm whatsoever.
Length of back 355mm.
Upper bouts 163 mm.
Middle bouts 106 mm.
Lower bouts 206 mm.
Our luthier has set it up with Corelli Crystal strings, a new bridge, and re fitted the pegs for easy tuning.
The chin rest has been removed.
Apologies for the shadows on the photos but the sun was shining through the window! If you require more photos, that is not a problem.
We will lower the bridge for shipping.
UK postage by Royal Mail Special Delivery £40.00