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Roberto Collini 'Scarampella' Violin, 2018, Cremona

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From the respected Cremonese maker Roberto Collini, a well-crafted reproduction of a Scarampella violin, a quite favorite pattern of Collini’s. The violin echoes the pattern and proportions of Guarneri del Gesu, yet reflecting Scarampella’s own Mantuan influences. This violin has a brilliant yet rich tone, with solid projection. Clean and precise workmanship, typical of Collini. The back is of one piece of fine maple, with medium grain, configured diagonally, with visible but subtle tool marks, as delightful to feel as to see. The top is of medium-to-wide straight grained spruce, with slightly raised grain lines. Tasteful antique Italian varnish in brown over a golden ground, applied with a light hand, enabling the wood to present itself well.

Roberto Collini

Since graduating with highest honors from the International School of Violinmaking of Cremona, Roberto Collini has established himself in Cremona since 1983. Adding a bowmaker diploma in 1986, Collini is one of Cremona's most respected makers. Continually honing his considerable skills via training with established Italian masters, Collini has become well known for consistently being awarded top prizes in violinmaking competitions over a period of many years.

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Price: $20,000

Size: 4/4

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Italian Violin Making

Cremona: The Birthplace of Today's Violins

The origins of the violin were likely rooted in India or the Far East. In fact, musical instruments that are played with a bow appear in centuries-old paintings and pottery from many different civilizations. But there is no doubt that the violin we recognize today originated in mid-1500 Cremona, Italy, more specifically from the hand of Andrea Amati.

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