French copy of a Joannes Baptista Guadagnini Violin, c.1920, 3/4 size

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Joannes Baptista Guadagnini (also Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, G. B. Guadagnini, J.B. Guadagnini) (b.1711, d.1786) was born in Piacenza, a mere 30 km away from Cremona, during the height of Stradivari and Guarneri’s careers. Guadagnini was traditionally understood to be trained by his luthier father, Lorenzo, or perhaps in the masterful workshop of Antonio Stradivari. But more recent research reveals that he was largely self-taught. In any case, Guadagnini went on to become the most famous member of his violin-making family. He went on to work in Milan, Parma, and Turin (Torino), and his catalog of instruments are divided into four main periods corresponding to his various places of residence and work, with each period retaining a distinctive style and characteristic. 

This French copy of a Guadagnini violin was crafted using even-grained maple and spruce and a dark-toned warm brown varnish. It exhibits a responsive, expressive sound and a powerful tone.


 

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