Rudolph Sofron posted by Ribbons & Strings Ensembles
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Hi Fellow Musicians!
I am desperately seeking info about the Czech violin maker (Rudolf Sofron) who was actively making violins in the 1940s (maybe before and/or after). I have a violin made by him from an estate inheritance. So far, I have found one other one made by him at this website:
Number 19 at this site was made by him in 1944 in Prague. The one I have was also made by him in 1944 in Prague.
This is what it says about this on line violin (the one which is #19 on the above site):
Sehr gut erhaltene Prager Violine mit Etikett
If any of you have heard of this maker or have any ideas about how I can find out more, please go into this forum and reply. GREATLY APPRECIATED. Deb
I read your mail and the matter inerested me, so i got information:
Fisrt I asked my best frien, violinmaker / top-dealer ZOLTAN KODAJ (the former violinmaker of the VIE PHIL), who knows much, also the czech market.
Second I asked my dear philharmonic friend TOMAS VINKLAT, who presently is off from the Vienna Philharmonic and at the moment studies in Prague. He heard around.
As to KODAJ, he said the following (also I myself know that): There are many instruments around, which just get a fake paper with a fantasy-name, so that nobody can check and compare. The world is full wih fake violins and there are only few real experts in the world.
Tomas Vinklat heard around in Czekkia and nobody ever heard of that maker.
Therefore the matter is clear...
Please always buy a violin, which is an investment! The value of a good genuine Instrument increases 20 % per year, a Strad even 40 % (If you have got 7 million dollars to buy it...).
If you have any question, please drop me a line email@example.com
Kind regards from good old Vienna
|Edited by Laszlo Barki on November 20, 2009 @ 2:34 pm|
this is quite fascinating for me and my family, since Rudolf Sofron was my grand-granduncle living in Prague and I would not imagine that some of his instruments will be found elsewhere on the world. Making of musical instruments was his hobby and he was not a professional, but to my knowledge he was quite good at this.
Can't tell you anything about this particular violin but at least I can confirm that the name and origin is not a fake.
On November 17, 2009 Ribbons & Strings Ensembles wrote:
Hello Martin from Prague,
THANKS SO MUCH for your response. Rudolf Sofron was your granduncle? I am happy to finally get some info about the violin. Was he in Prague in 1944?
Please tell me as much about him as you know (and have time for) firstname.lastname@example.org
The violin sounds VERY GOOD. I got interested in finding out about its maker because it sounds so great. It surprises me that Rudolf is a little known maker because of the sound. It was shipped to a member of our family from Prague.
Do you know if there would be some reason for him to make two violins in 1944 that are known today and being used or sold today while the others he made don't seem to be around? Did he make lots of others?
In 1944, Germany had control over what is the Czech Republic today. Do you think the violins were somehow taken out of Prague by Nazis or someone else?
Anyway, thanks Martin and I hope to hear from you.
I am a novice player, in the UK, but on a visit to Prague 3 years ago I purchased a violin with the name Rudolph Sofron, date 1932. It is an unusually red colour, and many people have remarked that it sounds very good. It stayed in my cupboard for the last three years, but I decided to starting learning in earnest in January this year.
I know very little about violins, and I tried at the time to find out more information without success. I happened across this thread when, by chance, I decided to look him up again.
I am very much enjoying learning on it.
|Edited by Roland Mann on March 27, 2012 @ 12:47 pm|
I got my 1921 Prague Sofrons a few years ago. I bought these from Vavra in Prague, who repaired the violin. He told me he believes that there wasn't any R. Sofron per se and that he thinks the label with his name is attached to make the violin fancier. He also told me that for casual playing, he would be personally super happy with this violin and gave me really good price for them.
How correct he was - it was an amazing deal . The violin sounds amazing, much better than similarly priced instrument I had a chance to play before. I started playing very often since then.
I've read somewhere else as well that R. Sofron actually was and built these violins as his hobby, while working in mines or something like that - so I would really like to hear more from Martin, if he still follows this forum
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