A Modern Hungarian Violin by Laszlo Horvath, 1976
A Modern Hungarian violin by the hand of Laszlo Horvath, 1976; in a good state of preservation for its 44 years, less some typical wear from use and a small repaired crack ascending from the outside of the treble F-hole. The neck has been reset, and the button resurfaced. However, it was never broken. The previous owner was another luthier who wished to cover a chip carved cross of the maker’s design. I find it unseemly, but not terribly intrusive, and let sleeping dogs rest, so to speak. The violin’s original pegs are in good working order and it has been refitted with a French Aubert Deluxe bridge, and Dominant strings. Moderately flamed maple for the back and sides, with a tight even grained spruce top, and a concentric scroll with rounded eyes; lustrous golden yellow varnish. This Horvath violin possesses a sweet, lyrical singing voice with a comfortable disposition: easily malleable, with crisp articulation and a smooth responsive feel to dynamic control.