Contact me for details if you are interested in a really exceptional violin at
a very affordable price.
This historical master violin by Johann Georg
Leeb is an unusually well-preserved instrument and offers a rare glance at the
musical culture of the Habsburg dynasty in the late 18th century. It was
crafted in late 18th century in Pressburg (now Bratislava).
Johann Georg Leeb who is recognized as one of the best Hungarian masters of
his day, as is confirmed by this violin with its mature, masterful
craftsmanship and its singular radiance. The outstanding properties of the tone
woods reflect that Johann Georg Leeb worked for a demanding clientele in
Greater emphasis was placed on musical quality than on visual aesthetics,
since the spruce of the top and the very gentle flames of the two-piece maple
back forego any spectacular optical effects. The expressive carving of the
scroll – a distinctive feature of many Leeb instruments – is the only more
pronounced stylistic accent.
The magnificent antique character of the instrument is now shaped by the
contrast between the reddish-brown varnish and the lighter yellow base coat. As
one of the leading Austrian luthiers of his day, Johann Georg Leeb had a
self-confident way of honoring the great traditions of Stainer, Amati
and the Füssen School.
Many traces of use indicate that several generations of outstanding musicians
found a dependable partner in this instrument with its distinctive model and
flat table. Given the advanced age this violin is amazingly well preserved
The colorful voice of this violin is compelling in its mature warmth, singing
radiance in the upper registers and unusual clarity in its lower registers – an
18th century tone which speaks for itself. After having been thoroughly set up
at our workshop, it is now ready to play. The price includes a certificate
of authenticity by
Remenyi—foremost internationally recognized expert for stringed instruments
from the Austro-Hungarian empire.
For this price, what can be bad? Beautiful classical violin sound; it’s well
made; it's an exceptionally fine model, so a nice example (not one of the
Black Leebs”) of the maker's work.The sound projection and tonal quality is as
good as or excels Carcassi violins (which are priced at US$150K) and is as easy
to play on as any Klotz.
The violin does not have a sound post crack on either front or back plates.
However, there is a front plate protective sound post patch.
Contact me for more details and information about this violin.