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Does anyone happen to know the original (or current?) body length, or any other dimensions, of the Maggini viola listed in the Cozio archive as "Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Brescia, date unknown, Viola: 59839"? I doubt it would be acceptable to try to post copyrighted photos, so perhaps this question is just for those with access to Cozio, unfortunately. It is not particularly elegant looking, and might not have drawn my interest, except that I just played an inexpensive new instrument that as far as I can tell was inspired by that viola. It played and sounded *far* better than I could have imagined for the price. The new instrument is made in a wide range of sizes, and I was just wondering how big the original might be. The one I tried was 15-3/4", and to someone who has never been a fan of small violas, it was shocking how good it was. Or for that matter, the same question about this da Salo: "Gasparo Bertolotti 'da Salò', Brescia, date unknown, Viola: 49143" I would be thrilled if anybody knows these instruments and could give me a clue as to the actual dimensions.
Are violins modeled after Maggini and da Salo with double purfling more or less desirable and/or marketable if they also have the decorative purfling inlays in the back? All other things being equal, would a violin that included the purfling inlays command a premium price over one without them? Or not? Which would you choose? In this case, I am referring to fine violins in the $20,000 - $30,000 price range. (An actual Maggini with the type of decorative purfling I am referring to is shown below)
If you were making a big Brescian viola would you use a Da Salo Model or a Maggini model. I think the usual way of things for a 440mm viola would be to use a Da Salo model but Maggini has it's charms as well. I have the Brescian book on the way, but I am interested in what folks think. I am doing this subject to death but my pea brain has been on a big viola jag for a while, god knows why. Must be a rosin overdose. DLB
Double Dumb Dwight Post, could someone get rid of this please. Bad Dwight, BAAAAAAD....