Item Condition: Used (Beautiful Condition)
This Orren, V. Heath is an American made violin dating from 1937. The maker was based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana and made only 79 pieces total in his violinmaking career. This piece bearing the makers label is numbered 68. It has a two-piece maple back of narrow curl, the ribs and scroll of medium curl, the spruce top of fine to medium grain, the varnish of red color. This is a characteristic example of the maker’s work. Heath was self-taught, which makes the work even more interesting for its high degree of professional concept, execution and finish. The oil varnish was also his own, and has met with the same fate as many from the era of experimentation in oil varnish formulas by American makers, which is the surface checking, most pronounced in the upper back. Pattern is after Stradivari, modified somewhat with wider dimensions in the upper bouts.
The violin is in good condition.
This violin and accessories were given a market appraisal in 2016 by David Bonsey of New York Violin Consulting Co for $3500.00. Appraisal record available upon request.
Minor professional restoration was done at this time. This includes new strings, new bridge, and adjustment of sound post.
For questions or more information please contact seller.
Length of back 358 mm
Width of upper bout 172mm
Width of lower bout 210mm
Included in this package are:
Vintage Lifton Leather Single Velvet Lined Case (Please note: Handle needs replaced)
1 Bow - Carl Fischer of New York
1 Bow - Joseph Richter
Variety of Strings
Variety of Tuners