Steffen Nowak, Maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos in baroque and modern style


2010 Violin after Guarneri del Gesu 1737 (Joachim)  SOLD

Another version of this classic mid period model by Guarneri del Gesu. The slightly smaller dimensions of 352.5mm back length and slightly narrower bouts make it a very comfortable violin to play, but with a full string length of 330mm the sound leaves nothing to be desired.
A very easy response and brilliance in the top and a rich warm sound in the low and middle register will please now and also promises a lot for the future development.
The stunning and well aged tonewoods utilized here are East European maple and Italian spruce.
The high quality rosewood fittings are  by Harald Lorenz, Germany.

The original violins by del Gesu are much rarer then the ones by Stradivari - these two form the peak of the classical Italian violinmakers art in Cremona.
Many modern makers try and interpret the late del Gesu models. With their rugged looks quite charming in the original, but in the new ‘copies’ too often lacking the spontaneity of the late master. It is often overseen that del Gesu was as fine a craftsman as his contemporaries, and that his novel treatment of his model was astonishingly progressive for the relative constrictions of this old art.

So this new Violin tries to capture his fluid style as well as his control over the arching shape and all other elements in the construction. A fine and highly transparent oil varnish with just a hint of shading and wear rounds off this interpretation.


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