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Stradivarius, Francesco

The elder of Antonio's two violin making sons, he was his father's most loyal and trusted assistant, a position confirmed in Antonio's will. He played a significant part in the output of the workshop from 1700, after a period of transition in design which brought about a radical departure from the standard Amati pattern in common use in Cremona since the mid-sixteenth century. He was probably largely responsible for another step-change in the cello model, with the narrower 'Picola' form instrument designed and built in the 1730s. He outlived his father by only five years and died at the age of 71, having produced only a few instruments with his own label.

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