ANTIQUE AMERICAN VIOLIN 1920, A HELIE, BEAUTIFUL LISTEN

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 03,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

ESTATE OF PROFESSIONAL VIOLINIST, PHILADELPHIA ~ NO RESERVE
VERY FINE, RARE
AMERICAN
VIOLIN
ALCIDE HELIE
Worcester, Massachussetts
1920s
For your examination is this absolutely beautiful American
violin by Massachussetts maker Alcide Helie. It bears Helie's
original, handwritten label and is dated 1920. This is an
extraodinary handmade violin with a powerful voice.
Examine the photos and listen (and watch) this impressive
instrument being played. I believe this is a very important violin!
Listen to it being played in the video posted below.
Video Sound Sample...
Watch and hear this violin being played...

(To hear these samples, double-..)
This video clip is shot on my inexpensive Casio digital camera in video
mode. There is absolutely no enhancement of the sound whatsoever
...no special microphones, no computer alteration, no studio effects.
The piece being played in the video is Wienawski's Scherzo Tarantella.
The player is a violin student who welcomes your comments. Enjoy!
The timbers used in this violin are absolutely magnificent,
old specimens. The back is carved from unusual old
American ribbon ~ birdseye maple. The top is a
really fine example of old Spruce tonewood.
This is a special instrument with powerful sound
...suitable for a soloist, a concertmaster,
or a strong ensemble player.
ORIGINAL HAND-WRITTEN
MAKER'S LABEL
Handwritten Label Reads:
Made by
Alcide Helie
Worcester, Ma
1920
(possibly 1926 or 1928?)
This is fantastic violin and as usual, I have included
a video sound sample (above) so that you
can judge this violin for yourself.
This is a beautifully carved instrument in the manner
of a Guarnerius...a nicely arched body which likely
accounts for the big, warm, sonorous tone.

Full Size ~ 4/4 Antique Violin
MEASUREMENTS
Full Size ~ 4/4 Violin
Overall Length: 23-5/8"
Body Length: 14"
Width of Lower Bout: 8"
Width of Upper Bout: 6-1/2"
I believe this violin belongs in the hands of an advanced
violinist or a collector of handmade instruments.
CONDITION
A 4/4 violin in excellent vintage condition; ready to play. There are
no post cracks. no cracks to the scroll. Everything is tight and solid.
This is an estate instrument so naturally, there is some wear...very
minor scuffs, dings as you would expect from an instrument of
this age (and which in my opinion add character and validate
the age of the instrument). I recommend that you string it and
have it set up to your liking. Its a gorgeous,rare violin!
Exceptional antique American violins of this age
and in this fine state of preservation are becoming
more and more difficult to acquire on Ebay. They are
highly sought after by professional violinists, violin
teachers and private collectors. Listen to the sound
sample; if you're looking for a special instrument that
has stood the test of time, this one may be for you.
SHIPS in an older shaped case; no bow.
I ship AT COST...absolutely no extra fees, no handling charges, and
I never charge for packaging materials. You pay ONLY the actual
postage; I will provide insurance to protect your investment at
no additional cost to you. I use the Ebay shipping calculator.
Insurance is required to protect your investment. Thanks.
This fine violin will be sold without reserve...in a real auction format!
I have started the auction with a low starting bid to allow all to participate.
I like the old-fashioned Ebay format for violins like this; no reserves, no
buy it now. The highest bidder wins it. Payment must be made by
Paypal within 4 days of the end of the auction; I reserve the right to
relist it after this period. This is a fantastic opportunity to have
a vintage, hand-made Violin . It is an antique item; sold as is, as
it was found. These estate items are being sold without a reserve.
If th...

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