If you’re looking for an Italian violin with a great sound at a great price, look no further. Unfortunately this violin developed a very small incipient post crack in the back, which has now been patched. The repair is invisible, but the price is half what it was.
This is a great modern Italian violin, full of personality and with a great sound. Probably made in the Politi shop, it also owes something to the Scarampella style – knowingly rustic, and harking back to a much earlier tradition, more than slightly reminiscent of Storioni. It’s a very distinctive instrument with big broad edges, a wide-grained front, 2-piece but not bookmatched, and a deep brown oil varnish. As mentioned, there is an invisible post crack repair in the back (recently undertaken by Malcolm Siddall), but otherwise the condition is excellent – the violin has been heavily played and there’s some wear to the edges and corners, there are repaired wing cracks and the varnish is a bit “distressed”.
I find this violin very appealing aesthetically, and sound-wise it’s a stunner – smooth, unctuous, slightly dark, very even and always musical throughout the range. I know some people object to the word “sweet” but if any violin deserved the term, it’s this one. Or you might say “chocolatey”… a superb instrument and a personal favourite of mine.
Length of back 35.3cm, stop130/195cm, total length 58.4cm
Certificate: Dmitry Gindin, London 2014
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