This violin is based upon a J.B. Guadagnini, made in Turin in 1774, and possesses a delightful combination of elegance and power in both appearance and tone. A darker-looking instrument and very smooth to play.
This has been a slow-burning project which has been a great pleasure throughout. I look forward to hearing it played.
UPDATE, March 9th 2017: an excellent violinist, Eva Lundell of Letham, Fife, spent some time playing this instrument today, and was much impressed, saying that it was 'like smooth Cognac'.