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A violin from the Josef Lidl shop circa 1925

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     The history of instrument making in 'Bohemia' is varied and long, with some exquisitely talented makers there as well as every other standard. The firm of Josef Lidl was established as the first 'factory' of musical instrument making in the nation of Czechoslovakia when that country appeared during the early 20th century, and employed some of the finest craftsmen of that time. This violin displays excellent skills and artistry, from the extraordinary wood selection - some of the finest 'birds-eye' maple I've ever seen used for the back, ribs, and neck - through finely worked carving and joinery, to a very evenly applied and lovely red varnish. The violin has a cheerful, full voice and is even across all registers. A fine, light instrument.

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