Otto Mockel was one of the most venerated makers in Berlin. Showing excellence in artistic execution, theoretical knowledge, scientific research, and innovative experimentation, Mockel was on the cutting edge of violin making during the early portion of the 20th century. This particular example of his work is indicative of his expertise and mastery of the craft. Master level workmanship is apparent in every aspect. The back consists of two beautifully matched and flamed pieces of maple and the expertly applied oil varnish offers the perfect finishing touch. In performance, this violin possesses excellent balance and the presence of a strong core tone allows it to project above an ensemble. This is characteristic of Mockel's violins, which are well known and loved by soloists around the world.
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