Did you know? Music / Violin

The most famous violin makers (luthiers) between the 16th century and the 18th century include:

The school of Brescia, beginning in the late 14 with liras, violettas, violas and active in the field of the violin in the first half of 16th century
The Dalla Corna family, active 1510 – 1560 in Brescia and Venezia, Italy
The Micheli family, active 1530 – 1615 in Brescia
The Inverardi family active 1550 – 1580 in Brescia
The Bertolotti Gasparo da Salò family, active 1530 – 1615 in Salò and Brescia
Gio Paolo Maggini, active 1600 – 1630 in Brescia
The school of Cremona, beginning in the half of 16 century vith violas and violone and in the field of violin in the second half of 16 century
The Amati family, active 1500-1740 in Cremona, Italy
The Guarneri family, active 1626-1744 in Cremona
The Stradivari family, active 1644-1737 in Cremona
Significant changes occurred in the construction of the violin in the 18th century, particularly in the length and angle of the neck, as well as a heavier bass bar. The majority of old instruments have undergone these modifications, and hence are in a significantly different state than when they left the hands of their makers, doubtless with differences in sound and response. But these instruments in their present condition set the standard for perfection in violin craftsmanship and sound, and violin makers all over the world try to come as close to this ideal as possible.
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To this day, instruments from the “Golden Age” of violin making, especially those made by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, are the most sought-after instruments by both collectors and performers. The current record amount paid for a Stradivari violin was $3,544,000.00 at an auction on May 16, 2006. All Stradivarius violins have unique names; the most expensive Stradivari violin is known as the “Hammer”. It was made in 1707.

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