A FINE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN VIOLIN BY SAMUEL ZYGMUNTOWICZ, NEW YORK, 1995


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Just saw this violin on Tarisio's April auction:

http://tarisio.com/pages/auction/auction_item.php?csid=2197651456&cpid=2679472128

I think the estimate of this violin is the highest I have seen for the living violin makers.

Any comments why violins made by Mr. Zygmuntowicz are so respected in the current market?

Thanks for the input!

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Any comments why violins made by Mr. Zygmuntowicz are so respected in the current market?

Perhaps because he is the most highly respected of the modern makers, among makers? At least up in the top handful.

Or it could be those fancy pegs. biggrin.gif

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Am hoping to play on this one as well as the Strad and the Sacconi in this auction when I am in NYC in a few weeks. In any case the photos show a different A string from the Dominant w/Gold E setup....isn't this generally a sign of some issue? Tom

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When you consider that new work of Sam's goes for the bottom end of the estimate, and add to this the provenance (a 'Plowden' copy, a model Sam is most likely most qualified to realize, all made for Ruggiero Ricci no less), I think they're spot on with the estimate (if not even a bit low).

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Just saw this violin on Tarisio's April auction:

http://tarisio.com/pages/auction/auction_item.php?csid=2197651456&cpid=2679472128

I think the estimate of this violin is the highest I have seen for the living violin makers.

Any comments why violins made by Mr. Zygmuntowicz are so respected in the current market?

Thanks for the input!

To learn more about Sam Zygmuntowicz, read The Violin Maker: Finding a Centuries-Old Tradition in a Brooklyn Workshop,

John Marchese.

To learn more about the Plowden, get the DVD Strad3D: Scientists, Violinmakers & Musicians Study Three Classic Violins, from Orpheus Music shop or directly from Sam Zygmuntowicz.

And, of course, Ricci:

http://www.ruggieroricci.com/

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Apparently lots of people want a Sam Z...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/sunday-review/the-value-of-valuable-violins.html?pagewanted=all

When Stern's Sam Zs went up for auction at Tarisio, I tracked the bidding min by min. It was like watching a Strad getting sold at Christies.

I have never played his instruments so i can't comment on how his instruments are. However, I must admit, I used to owned a contemporary violin (del gesu model), the maker is still alive and making. The power and the volume is quite comparable to the real Del Gesu I have tried. However, the finess, and the character is what sets them apart.

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I have never played his instruments so i can't comment on how his instruments are. However, I must admit, I used to owned a contemporary violin (del gesu model), the maker is still alive and making. The power and the volume is quite comparable to the real Del Gesu I have tried. However, the finess, and the character is what sets them apart.

I've played a handful of Zygs-- they are worth the hype. There is a wealth of color-- that finesse, or character you talk about-- there that lets you know the man knows exactly what he is on about.

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