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Otto Jos Klier Sonata Violin S3

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The Klier brand has been making instruments for 128 years, beginning with Schönbach violin maker Johann Klier in 1887 who had set up his workshop in Egerland. He created violins for clients in Vienna and as far as Russia. Following Johann Kliers death in 1918 his eldest son Otto Josef Klier took over from the workshop and became renowned for the varnish of his violins, the same varnishes are still used today! Before the great depression up to 50,000 violins were made each year! Once the great depression hit they broadened their line to include guitars. In 1948 the Klier family fled Egerland abandoning the workshop they had spent years developing and created their new home in Bubenreuth, Germany. Otto Josef died in 1961 and his widow Rosa became the head of the company. 

The Otto Jos Klier instruments are skilfully hand-crafted in Germany using European maple and spruce tone woods and professionally setup by the Luthiers in our Sydney based workshop to ensure good playability and quality of sound. 

This violin has a two piece well flamed back made from aged Bosnian maple. The top is made from aged Austrian mountain spruce. The S3 is fitted with ebony pegs, fingerboard, chinrest and a wittner tailpiece with in-built fine tuners. This violin has some light antiquing, a glossy finish & a good cover of orange to brown varnish.

Overall this instrument has a bright & brilliant sound with excellent projection. This instruments tone is articulate & focused creating a beautiful clarity & balance in sound. The S3 violin has been fitted with Larsen Tzigane strings to add a level of warmth & complexity to the overall brightness of this violins sound. This violin will be most suitable for the intermediate to advanced player (approximately AMEB Grade 6).


  • A higher grade of timber
  • A brighter sound with improved projection due to the higher grade of timber & workmanship

This price is for the instrument only (no case or bow) and includes a professional set-up from the Sydney workshop

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