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Joseph Hel Violin, Lille, France 1892 Guarneri Model

*SOLD or NO LONGER AVAILABLE * Listing for archive purposes only, see violins tab for current inventory.

This superb instrument is from the later output of this highly-regarded maker and is in an very good state of preservation with some restoration on the top. This instrument defies what is typically thought of as the "French" sound of the 19th century; it is powerful, instantly responsive, full-bodied and clear, and not overly thick in the plates, perfect for a young up-and-coming violinist as well as any seasoned professional looking for something that will turn heads when they play it.





Pierre Joseph Hel apprenticed in Mirecourt with Salzard before working for Sébastien Vuillaume in Paris and Nicolas Darche. In 1865 he opened his own shop in Lille, where he produced over 750 instruments until his death in 1902. Hel mostly used classical Cremonese patterns, but Maggini was also an inspiration. His craftsmanship and materials were excellent, with good sound quality and a fine brownish-red varnish. His son Pierre Jean Henri followed him into the trade.

Joseph Hel Violin, Lille, France 1892 Guarneri Model

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