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I was just wondering if it is possible for the average

person to tell the difference between a Strad copy or

a Guarneri copy or an Amati copy. I'm sure that my

violin is a copy of one of those, but not sure which

one. I know that Strads are the most copied but is

there an easy way to distinguish between these 3?

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a lot of it depends on whether the instrument is truly a copy of one of these or just has that particular label. many distributers labeled the same instrument with 5 or more (possibly 10+ from what i can tell)different maker labels without regard to what it was. but if it is, the answer is yes-there are differences that can be easily seen, but you would need to have an idea already of the various models to know what to look for. f-holes, arching, corners, and measurements make up the whole picture. some turn of the century stainer or amati models do indeed look like the overall shape of these instruments compared to say a strad copy from the same time, but it really depended on the price range.

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: I was just wondering if it is possible for the average

: person to tell the difference between a Strad copy or

: a Guarneri copy or an Amati copy. I'm sure that my

: violin is a copy of one of those, but not sure which

: one. I know that Strads are the most copied but is

: there an easy way to distinguish between these 3?

I'm no expert but I reckon it's not difficult

after looking at a lot of fiddles in the "flesh"

or even photos, to pick basic models.

A lot of the finer points are lost on me, of course.

But if you ask me to put it into words I'm

not so confident. Another fact that complicates

things is the variety within the models of those

great makers, say, Strad, Guarneri,

and Guadagnini. Just look at a few illustrations

and see the diversity of dimensions, scrolls, etc.

all reputedly by the one maker!

However, that being said, to distinguish Strad and

del Gesu at a glance - I look to Guarneri's more

"stiff" (elongated and sharper - wrong words really)

f-holes, and less indentation at the center bouts.

For Amati, softer rounded features, wider f-holes

and higher arching. And Stainer even more so.

But these are all wide (subjective) generalisations.

Look at as many photos as you can and you'll learn a lot.

ig.

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