Jump to content
Maestronet Forums

Original baroque violin?


Recommended Posts

When I question eBay sellers who advertise a "baroque neck" on their obviously modern necked instruments, they speak vaguely about "transition periods" to explain the angled necks. I found & bought this one baroque violin on eBay (I don't think the seller suspected what it was), & have yet to talk to anyone who has ever even SEEN one, outside of a museum. Yet, I seem to be the only one that's excited about it! What gives? Am I mistaken about the uniqueness of this instrument? Or that it is even a genuine original baroque violin? I'd be interested in your observations and opinions. Thanks, Ron. baroque vs modern

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Ron, whatever it is exactly, it's not a baroque instrument in original condition. The neck could be original and of the period or possibly transitional, but the fingerboard has been sort of half-modernized, which makes me wonder about when/why the neck ended up at that angle.

The thing about finding instruments in original condition is that the ones that survived without being changed are reputed to be generally pretty mediocre.

I personally find instruments in original condition exciting just in terms of learning more about how they used to be set up, but by the time a new FB has been put on the things I'm interested in have probably mostly been changed anyway.

I think few people would be excited about the 'baroqueness' of those instruments, except players or makers with period ambitions, and the player would probably be better served by one of the many new made baroque violins which are now available.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes, it does seem as though the FB has been "re-done"- it's all one piece of wood, but I don't think ebony. I understand the wedge was usually a separate piece, with the ebony FB on top, because of the expense of ebony. One thing that points to original, is that it is definitely "mediocre"- the purfling is drawn-on; visible gouge marks all around the edge (especially on back). It has the short (125mm) neck, & short (225mm) bassbar. Notice how modern stringing has apparently caved-in the top over time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Another thing I've noticed, Andre, is that there are very noticable indentations & wear in the varnish from the bridge feet, about 10 - 12mm lower than the present bridge location between the ffhole notches- I've read that bridges were often set similarly in the old baroque set-up.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have yet to read any satisfying answers about the 'low bridge position' issue. It appears in paintings and on instruments, but what the musical purpose was I have yet to glean a clue.

The thing that makes me worry about instruments such as you describe is that I know there are a lot of funky pseudo-historical instruments out there--specifically plucked strings, weird tourist-trap fakes some of which have ended up in museum collections in the past. Although I don't specifically know that the same thing was done with violins, it opens up a big unknown for me about just what the identity of a funky instrument really is.

I know just enough about violins to know that there is literaly a vast amount I don't have a clue about.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

  • Create New...