Leopold Widhalm, Nürnberg c.1775
Based in Nuremberg, the Widhalm family produced very fine instruments influenced largely by Stainer, blending some characteristics of the Amatis at times and infusing their own creative energy. Leopold Widhalm (b.1722, d.1776) is considered the finest maker of this dynasty. This instrument displays Widhalm’s beautifully shaped f-holes, gracefully elongated corners and gorgeous varnish with a golden-honey colored ground similar to the great Italians. The tone is very mature, powerful, and bright. We sold this instrument to a member of a major symphony orchestra many years ago. The owner has since retired from the orchestra and we are pleased to offer it once more.
Pictured: Woodcut of Nuremberg, Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493