Steffen Nowak, Maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos in baroque and modern style
Viola after Giovanni Battista Grancino 16.25 '' (413mm) SOLD
Another take on this interesting design inspired by Violas of
G.B. Grancino. Like for the 2008 interpretation I have chosen for the back
another strongly figured piece of sycamore, this time a 2 piece slab back, with
complimenting ribs and a superb Alpine spruce front of medium grain. The lightly
shaded varnish is of a rich orange colour, showing reflections and depth from
gold to darker shades of red and brown.
Early instruments by the Grancino family, Milan, (1650 - ca. 1750) bear some close similarities to the Amatis, not always as superbly finished but holding their own for their design, flair and sound. The large and prolific Testore family, initially co-workers/followers of the Grancinos, pushed the boundaries of violinmaking even further, with both spontaneous working methods as well as a hurried and uncompromising finish, no doubt due to increased commercial pressure and lesser remuneration for their work.
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