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Johnson String regularly acquires exceptional antique instruments as well as instruments by award-winning contemporary makers. Below are this month's featured instruments available for purchase, home trial, or as an outfit.

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Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

This Month's Featured Violin

Piero Parravicini Violin

About Piero Parravicini
Piero Parravicini, 1889-1957 Bovisio, Milan Italy was a pupil of R. Antoniazzi and worked for Monzino in Milan 1924-1925. This award-winning maker received medals from Rome 1925 and 1929, Cremona 1949, and Rome 1954. His work is fine and disciplined on classical Italian models and his cellos and double basses are extremely well-regarded. Piero Parravicini is credited with 600 violins, 10 violas, 12 cellos, and 3 double basses.

About This Violin
This beautiful violin from Bovisio (Milan) sounds open, bold, and clear. It is easy to play with a quick response, good measurements and a comfortable neck. The bass is supported and broad, and the upper registers ring freely. The instrument is ideal for those players pursuing a professional career.

Italian violin made by Pietro Parravicini. It bears the maker's label dated Bovisio 1952.
Shaded golden-orange varnish. 357mm 


This Month's Featured Viola

Haenel Viola

About Frederick Ewald Haenel
Frederick Ewald Haenel was born c.1895 in Saxony, Germany, where he trained and worked starting in 1918. He came to Winnipeg, Canada c.1938 and later in Toronto. He then moved shop to Buffalo, New York and from c.1940, New Haven and Boston. He ceased making new instruments in 1960.

About This Viola
This viola has a lush, dark, and complex tone quality. The bass is supported and full, and the upper registers ring clearly. The slender neck makes this instrument very comfortable to play. It is quick to respond and projects well.

16 1/16 Frederick Haenel viola, New Milford, CT, 1939. Model of Gasparo da Salo.
Red-brown varnish. 16 1/16 


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This Month's Featured Cello

Prosper Cabasse Cello

About Prosper(Prospère) Cabasse
Prosper Cabasse was a French maker working in Mirecourt and Paris around the turn of the 19th century.

About This Cello
This cello from around 1820 is a beautiful example of the maker's work, and it has survived in excellent condition. Based on a petite model, it is ideal for smaller players or those looking for a comfortable full-size cello. The cello is easy to play and responds to even the lightest touch. It sings clearly throughout the registers. The tone is broad and warm despite the cello's petite size.

Small 4/4 French cello made, in our opinion, by Prosper Cabasse, circa 1820.
Light golden-brown varnish. 733mm 


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This Month's Featured Bass

Featured German Upright String Double Bass

About This Bass
This beautiful German bass is gamba shaped with a round back. It has a full, rich tone and is easy to play.

3/4 German bass ca. 1955
round back, golden brown varnish 


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