Exceptional new violin in this price range. True craftsmanship!!
I purchased the Gunter Lobe, 2019 model, after comparing it to two other new violins priced 5K-8K. This was clearly the best choice for sound projection, clear even tone, meticulous attention to detail in construction and set up, and just plain comfortable to play. This was an upgrade from my 1900 Markneukirchen which has a sweet, mellow, rich tone but lacks clarity and projection. I play first violin in a local civic symphony and started a pop string quartet that plays gigs in the local area. I also solo with my church traditional choir on a weekly basis. I’m a picky shopper so just to be sure I compared the Gunter Lobe to 3 comparably priced violins in Syracuse. Then I drove to Rochester and compared it to 15 violins $5-8K. Only one violin at Sullivan’s in Rochester sounded better and was equally comfortable. A Czechoslovakian 1927 for 7K. Although completely restored, the varnish was flaking (not unusual for vintage) and it was in my opinion not nearly as beautiful as the Gunter Lobe which is stunning to look at. I already have an antique so a new violin of this caliber in my price range was exactly what I was looking for. Lastly, my luthier in Syracuse looked inside the Gunter Lobe violin and was extremely impressed at the meticulous workmanship INSIDE the violin. He said is was just as clean and finished on the inside which is rare for a violin in this price range. I believe Gunter Lobe is a true craftsman who takes pride in his work.