Nicolas Vuillaume - 'Stentor 1', Mirecourt & Paris c. 1860
We are pleased to offer this wonderful “Stentor” violin by Nicolas Vuillaume, c.1860. Nicolas was the brother of the famed Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. The Stentor models were made "in the white" at the Mirecourt-based shop of Nicolas Vuillaume and sent to J.B. Vuillaume's Paris shop for completion. The “Stentor”model was named for a herald of the Greeks in the Trojan War whose voice was as powerful as 50 other men, according to Homer. This violin has great tonal abilities and has been serving the professional needs of one of our dear friends and clients for many years. The instrument possesses a beautiful red varnish and has a lovely and complex tone from top to bottom. Its breadth and depth combine with rich sonority, maturity and sparkling overtones to create an extraordinary violin in its class. It is also in phenomenal condition with no major cracks. This is especially remarkable considering that these models were intended as "player's instruments". This is far and away the best Stentor we have come across. It would be a great partner for any player looking for a versatile instrument capable of being either subtle or bold at the player’s whim.