Camilli Camilli (1703-1754) is an important maker from Mantua – this is a lovely example of his work with a sweet and crystalline sound.
Camilli violins are always lookers, and this one is particularly attractive, with a broadly flamed one-piece back, golden-yellow varnish, and handsome Guarneri-inspired arching.
The scroll is refined and perfectly graduated – in fact the overall level of workmanship is very high.
There are some restorations here and there, but the condition is generally very good – all edges and corners well preserved, and plenty of original varnish remaining.
The scroll is very clean. The back has a small repaired piece to the right of the upper bouts. The ribs have some checking, some minor historic worm damage, and they have been raised at both c bouts. The table has the usual distribution of repaired cracks, all very neatly restored.
This is a beautiful sounding instrument with a limpid and silvery voice – it would be ideal for a chamber musician looking for clarity, articulacy and quality of tone. Very refined, well balanced throughout the register, and capable of producing many shades and colours.
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