I returned to my Guarneri 1735 mould for this violin. It has a strong, earthy tone and responds well to hard playing!
Set up with Rosewood pegs, tailpiece and chinrest and with Pearwood purfling (inlay), this violin has the added feature of a one-piece ebony 'crown' on the button.
Ist Sept. 2012: Recently given a rigorous trial by two professional players who remarked favourably on its responsiveness and ability to project.
March 2013: This violin has been given a new look and a new name! I reduced the overall weight by increasing the depth of the fluting and taking a couple of millimetres off the thickness of the neck. The result has been a substantial increase in the volume and carrying power of this violin, plus greater comfort and ease of playing.
It was stained using a preparation of whiskey and pipe tobacco, and with careful choice of pigments combined with amber varnish a darker look has been achieved overall.