The basic standard violin
has changed little since the 16th century. From Gaspro da
Salo, Amati and with Stradivari perfecting the instrument,
the standard is still with us. German maker Stainer used
higher arching to the table, this was much copied.
An interesting violin c1700.
Constructed with slot joints instead of block and
linings. An interesting non standard neck extension
to convert from Baroque length.
A violin circa 1680. Listed inside
are repairs and makers names as they occurred. The
first being 1703. A total of 40 crack repairs and
still playing well!
The exception which
occurred was to the neck. The original baroque necks were
shorter with both the neck and fingerboard getting thicker
to the body. The neck was also parallel to the body
edge. About the turn of 1800 onwards the necks were made
longer. Transitional violins still had parallel but longer
necks. The standard neck as still used today was parallel
longer and set at an angle, not longer with a tapered
fingerboard. The result was gradually all the good violins
were converted with a new neck fitted with the original
peg-box /scroll grafted in grafted. Cheaper violins were
often given complete necks/scrolls
A French violin by Nicholas Chappuy.
Paris circa 1765. A neck graft extension has been
well done. Chappuy had a large output of
instruments, probably due to a work shop with
apprentices each producing different parts which
explains the varying standards of sections. This
instruments scroll is no the best.
An early 19th century Scottish violin
with the traditional high "whale back" Probably from
A violin by Richard Duke circa 1780.
With a later neck and scroll. Despite have had a
hard life still plays really well.
19th century violin with decorative purfling.
Another with a later neck conversion
An early 18th
century English violin, with a
replacement neck. Very high belly and back. Many
repairs to . Inscribed Stephen Carr, Lancaster to
the inner belly (repairer)
Chas & Saml
Thompson. St Pauls Churchyard 1781. Typical
17th century high bellied English violin. Replaced
neck with original peg-box grafted back in.
interesting 17th century English violin.
Probably by Pamphillon circa 1680, London bridge.
With Italian label of Bufetto , 1645. Cremona. Also
with various repairers labels inside. With a rather
nice gargoyle type carved headstock.