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Leopold Widhalm

The leading figure in German violin-making after Jacob Stainer, he was born in Nuremberg in 1722, and died there in 1776. His work follows Stainer’s model with certain developments and personal touches, but is distinguished by a deeper and lustrous red-brown varnish. His small violas and also cellos are well-regarded in particular, and bear very close similarities to the work of his close contemporary Peter Wamsley in London.

Leopold Widhalm

(Nuremberg, b 1722; fl 1747-1776)

The leading figure in German violin-making after Jacob Stainer, he was born in Nuremberg in 1722, and died there in 1776. His work follows Stainer’s model with certain developments and personal touches, but is distinguished by a deeper and lustrous red-brown varnish. His small violas and also cellos are well-regarded in particular, and bear very close similarities to the work of his close contemporary Peter Wamsley in London.

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