I travel the countryside looking for old violins. Remember, in this business, patience is a virtue.
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Violinists who have come and gone: Antonio Vivaldi, Joseph Tartini, Leopold Mozart, Rudolph Kreutzer, Nicolo Paganini, John Viotti, Louis Spohr, Joseph Joachim, Leopold Auer, Eugene Ysaye, Pablo de Sarasate, Henri Wieniawski, Leonid Kogan, Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Fritz Kreisler, Mischa Elman, David Oistrakh, Michael Rabin, Henryk Szerying, Zino Francescatti - all of them magnificent. This site is not necessarily about luthiers, but since I can pretty much write whatever I want, I will write about violin makers and about teachers too. Perhaps I'll write about concert pianists as well - there are quite a few good ones. Alfred Brendel, Artur Rubinstein, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Vladimir Horowitz for instance.
The Stradivari name
According to some sources, the family name Stradivari, started out as Stradivare, Stradiverto, or Stradivertus (resembling Latin). It is catalogued as far back as 1127. It is said that the name was fairly common in Cremona, Italy. It is known that Alessandro Stradivari and Anna Moroni were Antonio's parents. Antonio's sons were Francesco (died unmarried), Omobono (died unmarried), and Paolo, who ultimately inherited most of Antonio's tools and other fiddle-making paraphernalia, along with some well-known violins (the Alard and the Messiah, for instance).
“Few violinists stop to consider how an instrument designed in the sixteenth century can be so successfully employed in the performance of music of the Romantic and post-Romantic eras. The answer is primarily in the fittings. By installing angled, reshaped, and mortised necks, longer and stronger bass bars, tighter sound posts, and taller bridges, restorers transformed violins made in the Renaissance and Baroque periods to sonorous powerhouses suitable for playing Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Stravinsky.” - Stewart Pollens, violin restorer
A luthier is nothing more than a lute maker - the lute being a predecessor of the violin. Something resembling what we would recognize as a modern violin was invented around 1520 - nobody knows the exact year, much less the exact day. However, the first known (documented) violin is attributed to Andrea Amati - an instrument dated 1564. See the following page for a partial list of both older and more current fiddle makers:
Please see the following pages for an arbitrary partial listing.
I will do all the traveling and searching and research necessary - all I need is a few intrepid bankrollers-investors-adventurers to join me in the venture. Of course, discretion and trustworthiness is guaranteed. Would I lie to you?