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Andreas Haensel 'Forma Grande' Violin, German 2014

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Upon examination of these violins, great attention to detail and a high level of technical mastery is quickly apparent. But it is in the playing that the real value of these violins emerges. Regardless of pattern, all violins have a quality that makes them easy to play, delighting the hand and ear. Strong, generous tone, with layers of complexity, is the first quality that one notices. Apply more and more bow weight, and the tone simply opens out, with great projection, yet with no overbearing qualities or harshness. Spend even more time playing, and a myriad of intangibles reveal themselves. Response is immediate, whether bowing with strong detache or flautando.

When You Are Ready to Take Your Playing to the Next Level
Suitable for serious performing artists that are seeking a trusted “partner” to explore new musical worlds together, SHAR is now offering a limited number of Andreas Haensel’s violins for your audition.

Price: $12,000

Size: 4/4



Andreas Haensel

Andreas Haensel

In 1992, Andreas Haensel began training as a violin maker in the master workshop of Karl Höfner in Bubenreuth under the direction of master violin maker Alfred Zecho. He continued training at the State College of Violin Making in Mittenwald and in many other workshops, where he also built historical wind instruments as well as various string instruments. In 1995, Haensel began crafting in the workshops of Karl Höfner and Roderich Paesold and in March 2008, continued his training by attending the course for lacquer and optics of Francois Perignon in the Swiss violin making school in Brienz. Andreas Haensel has been working in his own studio in Kleinsendelbach near Nuremberg since March of 2009.


  • Gold medal winner for violin 2017 Concorso Internationale do Luiteria competition in Pisogne, Italy
  • Gold medal winner for cello 2017 Concorso Internationale do Luiteria competition in Pisogne, Italy
  • German Musical Instrument Award for violin 2015 Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
  • Gold medal for cello 2014 Concorso Internationale do Luiteria competition in Pisogne, Italy
  • Silver medal for viola 2014 Concorso Internationale do Luiteria competition in Pisogne, Italy
  • Bronze medal for violin 2010 Concorso Internationale do Luiteria competition in Pisogne, Italy

Country of Origin

German Violin Making

The German Violin Making Tradition

As with most industries, the history of German violin making can be traced to the history of Germany itself, with its twists and turns of economic and social trends, influence of outsiders, emergence of new technologies, and access to natural resources and trade routes. Long-standing German traditions of high quality, efficient production processes and savvy evaluation of and response to market demands, combined to create a unique industry, with today's markets continuing to rely on the quality instruments produced in Germany long ago.

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Markneukirchen: The Center of Violin Making in Germany

In the Vogtland region of eastern Germany, on the Czech border, lies the town of Markneukirchen. Ideally situated in a region that abundantly provides the timber required for instrument making as well as the infrastructure for transportation and trade, Markneukirchen has enjoyed a prominent position as a center of fine craft as well as efficient production. With a legacy that goes back centuries, Markneukirchen today has a reputation for fine, handmade stringed instruments, and is called by many, "The Cremona of Germany".

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The Bavarian town of Mittenwald, in southern Germany, has been an important trade center for centuries because of geography – it is in a low lying valley in the northern Alps, conducive to transportation. In what would prove to be the key to Mittenwald's emergence as a center of violin making, Italian trade increased sharply through valley in the 17th century, enabling export of Mittenwald's fine carved statuary, and import of Italy's violins. By the latter 17th century, violin making was firmly established in Mittenwald, and was further bolstered by the emerging guild system.

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Explore the workshops of E.H. Roth, Heberlein and E.R. Schmidt.

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