This is one of the best Late 1800′s STEINER copy violins that I have seen. It has better than average tone, and very fast response when you are playing it. This violin would work well for a breakdown fiddler.
This late 1800′s vintage violin has a two-piece back with tight flame maple and matching sides. The top is medium grain spruce, wider on the edges and tighter toward the center. The neck and scroll are lightly flamed maple. The pattern of this violin is similar to many Steiner copies, with deep arching that is more elegant (less abrupt) than usual.
The oil varnish is original and a light-brown color. There is visible antiquing that is likely original to the instrument. There is a small saddle crack that has been repaired, and is structurally sound. The scroll has a repair to the sidewall which is also solid, and the pegs have been bushed.
The back is stamped STEINER over the end block, and there is another stamp on the end button in script that isn’t legible due to wear.
This instrument is in good playable condition, and is looking for a good home where it gets lots of playing.