“Thank you for this extraordinary violin, which is so fine and fun to play that it is opening all kinds of possibilities in early music to me. I love its inner life and warmth, its exuberance!” — Maria Benotti
During the 1980’s almost a third of my work was in baroque form: some fifty violins, violas, celli, and violas da gamba. Until recently the demand for my modern instruments had kept me too busy to work on baroque style instruments but recently I ventured into making baroque instruments again.
One is a copy of the “Harrison” long pattern Strad from 1693, a violin I worked closely with while making a copy for the National Musical Instrument Museum in 1990. Another is patterned after the “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesù violin, perhaps the strongest statement of his making and design genius. This is an exciting voice not usually heard in the early music world. I have recently set up more new baroque violins: one on my Gaspar da Salo pattern, and another after a 1610 Maggini violin that I am also making in modern form.
Baroque violin Opus 611, The 1693 "Harrison" Stradivarius