The book offers an overview of 300 years of violin history. Exploring the historical circumstances in Northern Italy, namely the city of Cremona, where the violin originated, it takes the reader from Andrea Amati's workshop to those of the most famous Cremonese violin makers such as Antonio Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù and Carlo Bergonzi. From there violin making spread across other Italian and European cities.
Illustrated with more than 600 pictures of instruments, the book is a unique guide to the complex world of violin family instruments; it provides valuable advice on how to choose the best violin, and how to take care of it.
A captivating book with excellent reviews set in the Early Modern Era, when lute making in Füssen played a decisive role in influencing the production of stringed instruments in larger parts of Europe. This was possible because town of Füssen settled on one of the most important trading routes across the Alps. The town had access to valuable and unusual wood types on the northern edge of the Alps for which instrument makers gravitated to capture the heart of their sounds.
Read the review, The Strad, July 2019
The official autobiography from BAFTA award-winning film maker, Christopher Nupen, director of The Trout - one of the most watched classical music films.
Foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy
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59 Italian Luthiers Tell Their Story Through the Answers to the 1936 Renzo Bacchetta Survey, where they started to learn their craft and how they learned it.
Complete transcriptions of the surveys
Complete translations of the surveys in English
43 labels conserved in the Fondo Renzo Bacchetta
59 pages of photographic details of the original
documents showing the handwriting
and signature of the maker
Hard cover 238 pages
Published in 2021, presented online with the patronage of the state library of Cremona.
Price excluding VAT where present and import taxes.
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A unique leather-bound, limited-edition book exploring the fine double basses made in England - £465 plus P&P
The ultimate collector’s investment for anyone with an interest in fine double basses, The English Double Bass is the authoritative work on double basses made in England. Featuring 766 stunning colour photographs of 100 double basses by 40 of England’s great double bass makers, this 524-page book is a collector’s item. The authors have gathered a rare collection of double basses never seen before and presented them in a beautiful leather-bound case.
Read the review in The Strad, May 2019
W.E. Hill and Sons was Britain’s most important violin dealership in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and, during this period, became renowned throughout the world for its expertise in instrument identification and repair. This new book gives a clear photographic and documentary record of instrument making at W.E Hill and Sons, from its inception in the early 1880s to 1936, when the first phase of production ended and the last instrument from that first phase of production was recorded in the original sales ledger.
Read the review, The Strad, May 2020