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August Gemunder & Sons
Consisted of August Gemunder and his three sons: August, Rudolf, and Oscar. August Sr.’s brother George and his son George II were also part of the firm.
Below are pages from Henley’s Universal Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers.
August Gemunder & Sons was established in 1890. They imported the “Excelsior” line in the late 1800’s from Germany and finished them in their shop in New York. “INSIDE CONSTRUCTION” means they re-graduated, and fitted a bass bar in the Gemunder shop for the best of tone. These were quite good violins and considerably more expensive then the typical workshop violin of the day. Today they still have a reputation for having very good tone. This Excelsior violin certainly carries on that good reputation.
This violin is in very good condition. The center seam on the back was re-glued at some point in the past. No other repairs have ever been made to it.
Setup with D’Addario Zyex strings.
The “Excelsior” Violin by August Gemunder & Sons