Theodore Berger violin, Markneukirchen, c. 1920 labelled “William Dow – Melbourne”

Theodore Berger violin, Markneukirchen, c. 1920 labelled “William Dow – Melbourne”

Theodore Berger was born in St Petersburg and studied there with Geisser and later with one of the Otto family of violin makers in Markneukirchen.

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Description

William Dow was associated with the Melbourne violin trade for many years in the late 19th / early 20th centuries, but it seems very unlikely that he ever actually made instruments himself.

Almost all the Dow labelled instruments we see can be reliably traced back to one or other of the major European violin making centres of the time. It’s also believed that a later unscrupulous vendor wasn’t beyond retro-fitting Dow labels to instruments in order to boost his chances of making a sale. Most of these instruments were of inexpensive European trade origin and the vendor concerned not particularly astute, so this little beauty passed through the net!

Theodore Berger was a master violin maker in Markneukirchen and the violin is clearly stamped to this effect; internally on the upper block. He was born in St Petersburg and studied there with Geisser and later with one of the Otto family of violin makers in Markneukirchen, Saxony.

The violin exhibits a broad figured one piece back and a dark ‘antiqued’ varnish laid over a golden ground.

This is a bright sounding violin with rich overtones and generous volume and carrying power. It is evenly balanced and offers great depth to its tone, especially in the lower registers.

Bow response is excellent; it has a good robust resonance for double stopping and provides clear, well articulated sound right up to the highest positions.

A thrill for the keen, discerning player.

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