A Good Violin by Giuseppe Selva, Bologna

Selva - front   Selva - back

Labelled, signed and dated 1955 this violin is in excellent condition, with a little play wear but no repairs or restoration. The back, ribs and scroll are of matching, nicely figured maple, the belly of good, straight-grained pine. The red-brown varnish, sparingly applied on a pale ground, is fading to a fine colour, with great depth.

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Selva - scroll   Selva - scroll   Selva - scroll   Selva - scroll

The arching is quite pronounced, rising elegantly from the finely-fluted edge to a flatter table...the narrow purfling very nicely done. Clean, confident workmanship, inside and out, with tight, narrow margins, quite beautiful edge work and fine detail all reveal the hand of a master maker, working to a classic model.

Selva - detail   Selva - detail

Now in it's 57th year, the violin has opened out nicely, showing great potential. Tone is expressive....finely balanced, rich, brilliant and penetrative. All our instruments are guaranteed and available for home trial, with distance no object and interesting part exchange offers welcomed. Thanks for looking in...we'll be happy to answer any futher questions you may have.

Selva - side   Selva - side