1742 Guarneri ‘Del Gesu’ Violin

Posted by Michael Doran on Monday, November 29th, 2010


  • Length of Back:
  • 35.5 cm
  • Width of Upper Bout:
  • 16.6 cm
  • Stop Length:
  • 19.5 cm





Full Description:

This violin was modeled after the ‘Sloane’ Guarneri. The ‘Sloane’ was discovered fairly recently, and as such came to its current owner, my friend Dr. William Sloane, with no name attached to it. Bill has been so generous by sharing his instrument with violin makers. It is a classic example of ‘Del Gesu’s later eccentric period. Free from the constraints set to him by his father, ‘Del Gesu’s final period was marked by experimentation and an indifference for aesthetic details, like purfling. This violin is broad in the middle bouts with slightly wider set and longer ‘ff’s which gives a bottomless feeling to the sound. The sound is crisp and clean and very responsive, with a core that will project to the back of the hall. The back is made from two pieces of stunning Bosnian Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus). The top is made from the finest aged Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmanni). This violin was made as the first violin of my Guarneri Family Quartet, and was the winner of a Certificate of Merit for Tone in the Violin Society of America’s 19th International Competition.

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