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Hieronymus The Second Amati

Hieronymus The Second Amati

According to most accounts, the end of the great Amati tradition in Cremona was a rather abject one.

Jacob Rayman

Jacob Rayman

Jacob Rayman is revered in England with rather more honour than he is perhaps due. His contribution to violin making is fairly minor and few instruments of his survive, but as the earliest maker in England his place in history is for the moment secure.

Jacob Stainer

Jacob Stainer

Jacob Stainer remains an enigmatic maker, despite the comparatively large amount of documentary evidence about his life that has been discovered

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume was undoubtedly the most successful violin maker of the 19th century.

Joannes Chiaravalle Faleroni

Joannes Chiaravalle Faleroni

This is a rare and fascinating instrument. The name is unrecorded previously, although Henley cites a label of 'Chiaravalle di Faleri'

John Frederick Lott II

John Frederick Lott II

John Lott, celebrated in life and fiction, is probably the best known of English violin makers.

Lorenzo Storioni

Lorenzo Storioni

Lorenzo Storioni is usually credited with saving the rapidly declining violin making tradition in Cremona at the end of the eighteenth century.

Luigi Tarisio

Luigi Tarisio

Whenever great violins are talked about, the name of Luigi Tarisio will arise at some point.

Marco Dobretsovitch

Marco Dobretsovitch

Marco Dobretsovitch has the distinction of being the only professional violin maker up until the present time active in Egypt.

Mathias Albani

Mathias Albani

Leo Fender's designs stimulated demand for the electric guitar at all levels.

Michele Deconet

Michele Deconet

We now know a great deal about Michele Deconet, through archival researches in Venice, but there remains a considerable mystery about the circumstances of one of the most apparently prolific of Venetian makers.

Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza

Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza

Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza was born in about 1730, in a parish outside the city walls of Milan.

Raffaele and Antonio Gagliano, Naples 1857

Raffaele and Antonio Gagliano, Naples 1857

The Gagliano dynasty of Naples is possibly the longest and most prolific of any of the Italian violin making families, overtaking the Amati at least in sheer numbers

Sanctus Seraphin

Sanctus Seraphin

Sanctus Seraphin (or Santo Seraphino) somehow stands apart from the other makers of Venice.

Spiritus Sorsana

Spiritus Sorsana

Spirito (or Spiritus in the latin form found on his labels) Sorsana was one of surprisingly large number of luthiers that made up the first Piedmontese school

Stefano Scarampella

Stefano Scarampella

Stefano Scarampella has a fine and enviable reputation for tone

Thomas Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy was the best and most productive member of a family of violin makers in London, headed by his Scots great-uncle, Alexander. Alexander worked in Market Street, Oxford Road, London (now Oxford Street) from 1731

Tomasso Balestrieri

Tomasso Balestrieri

The marsh-bound city of Mantua was one of the glories of the Renaissance, but in the classical period of violin making, it generated only a small and well defined school of luthiers.

Viola by Carlo Ferdinando Landolphi, Mian 1767

Viola by Carlo Ferdinando Landolphi, Mian 1767

This rare and very fine viola is very important in being of true contralto form, a well-proportioned player's instrument that is also definitive of Landolphi's working style, and provides ample clues to his training and background

Violin by Francesco Rugeri

Violin by Francesco Rugeri

The arrestingly beautiful back of this violin is made from maple that occurs more than once in the work of Francesco Rugeri.

Violin by Giuseppe Rocca, 1839

Violin by Giuseppe Rocca, 1839

This is a particularly fine and early Rocca violin, the original label indicating that is was made shortly after making his independence from his master Giovanni Francesco Pressenda

Violin by Matteo Gofriller

Violin by Matteo Gofriller

This violin, a very distinctive and characteristic work by Matteo Gofriller of Venice, carries a label of Carlo Bergonzi.

W. E. Hill and Sons

W. E. Hill and Sons

The firm of W.E.Hill & Sons has long been the most admired and respected in the world of violins