Charles Johnson violin, Hawera

SKU: S504

Between the two world wars, the small country town of Hawera not only boasted its own orchestra, but a resident violin maker in its conductor, Charles Johnson. Johnson made a large number of violins and cellos, favouring the use of New Zealand native woods – kauri for the bellies and Taranaki mangeao for the back, ribs, head and neck. This violin has been made using a Guarneri del Gesu model, and has, despite the non-traditional materials, a lovely, distinctive tone, especially on the middle strings, while the E string is clear and sweet.