Domenico Montagnana alongside Carlo Bergonzi are the unsung heroes of classical violinmaking as both have created instrument to rival Stradivari and Guarneri in tone and beauty. Personally I see no difference in tonal potential between the famous cremonese duo and Montagnana or Bergonzi models when I create new instruments; the great reward is a refreshing new set of tonal textures and colors. This violin after Montagnana, of remarkable visual beauty thanks to its dramatic flamed slab-cut maple back and rich ruby-red varnish, has a velvety, rich and warm sound that seduces right away. the instrument is now available for sale, probably not for long, so please inquire.
Violin after Pietro Guarneri of Mantua 2018
A very interesting model that works wonderfully. Discreetly wider and shorter than a Strad, the model of Pietro Guarneri of Mantua (Giuseppe ”del Gesu”’s uncle) can give plenty of resources, both in power and warmth. Sound-wise, this high-arched violin is quite flamboyant and has a compact, pregnant and incisive sound, with characteristic ”guarnerian” warmth. This violin is made outside my commission list. Available for sale.
Violin after Antonio Stradivari 2018
One of the few non-antiqued violins from my workshop, made in the winter of 2017-18. Very warm sound and very well balanced. A gentle brown color oil varnish, slightly darker than shown in the photos. This violin is currently available for sale.
Violin after Guarneri ‘del Gesu’ 2018
This violin is made on the pattern of the “”Il Cannone”” Guarneri del Gesu of 1743. I chose a 50 year old alpine maple back and an italian top plate from Val Di Fiemme, with similar year growth as the original Del Gesu. Orange-red oil varnish, applied according to traditional wear patterns – but no scratches or other aggressive wear. Available for sale.
Violin after Guarneri ”del Gesu” 2018
An exceptionally beautiful and very old back with a similar aged-top, both from the Alps. Orange-brown oil varnish. Property of a Soloist and concertmaster in Northern Europe. Please click on the photos for a better view.
Inspired after Stradivari’s golden period instruments; Narrow curled Alpine Maple and Italian Spruce. Oil Varnished. SOLD
Violin made on the pattern of “Il Cannone” ex-Paganini Guarneri del Gesu violin. A robust construction as the original, this violin has substantial sound power and great temperament – a violin suited for soloist performance and firm hands, equally capable of gentle and soft play. Exceptional maple and italian spruce, oil varnished. SOLD.
Violin made on the pattern of 1717 Domenico Montagnana, Baroque mounted. SOLD