ca. 1920s “Andreas Morelli” by Pfretszchner

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This lovely consignment ca. 1920s Pfretszchner “Andreas Morelli” model was built by the Karl Hermann shop for distribution in the United States, with the antiquing and simulated wear done at the maker’s shop to resemble an older italian instrument. The very high quality of the woods and clean workmanship make it an excellent example of an early 20th century german shop instrument. The spruce top is of fine even grain with no defects. The beautifully even flame figured maple neck, back, and sides are very high quality as well. The tuners are nickel plated Rubner halfplate machines. Ebony nut, fingerboard, tailpiece, and tailpiece saddle. The lightly applied golden amber oil varnish was “antiqued” when brand new to give the appearance of an older instrument. The italian modeling is lovely. The dimensions are: Top length 43″, Upper bout width 20 1/4″, Middle bout width 14 3/4″, Lower bout width 26″, Depth at tail 8 3/8″, Depth at upper bout corner 8 3/8″, Depth at neck 6 5/8″, String length 42 3/4″. The bridge was made and regular maintenance was performed by El Cerrito’s Pat McCarthy. Currently strung with Pirastro Flexocore string for orchestral play. Good results have also been obtained with Evah Pirazzi strings. A fine professional level orchestral instrument priced very modestly. With cover.

Price: $13,500