Giovanni Grancino is the most respected maker of the Milanese school. This example is built on a grand Amati pattern, and it’s a first class concert instrument.

This is a bold and beautiful violin, very typical in its wood choice with very marked latewood in the table grain and a beautiful plain oppio back with just a hint of flame. The original flanks in the back are also very characteristic of this maker.

There are some well executed restorations, but nothing out of the ordinary for a 17th century violin. There are several well restored cracks to the table, including a post patch. There’s a small piece of replaced edgework to the upper left of the back, and the original volute is grafted onto a new pegbox.

The original varnish is unusually well preserved.

This is a big instrument with a fresh, clear tone and excellent projection, well suited to solo performance.

If you’d like to try this violin, receive a full condition report or get any further information, just get in touch.

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Martin Swan