Legend has it, John Juzek (1892-1965), a Czechoslovakian luthier who worked in Prague during the early 20th century, scoured demolition sites to find aged tone woods from ancient houses and churches dotting the countryside. A maker and business man, the Juzek label was applied not only to his own creations, but those crafted by local shops that produced instruments to his exacting specifications for American export.
Juzek exported a wide variety of instruments ranging in quality from student models to the elite Master Art Series – fine tonewood replicas of exceptional classic violin patterns from Stradivarious, Guarnerius, Gagliano, Testore and Maggini and others.
The Juzek Master Art featured here is the finest example we have ever seen. The tone of this violin is characterized by openness, focus, and a soaring upper register. The wood of the stunning one-piece back shares a similar and rare characteristic akin to the famous Stradivari violin from 1709 known as “La Pucelle,” wherein we see an extra bright line in each flame of the maple. If only the photograph could do it justice!
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