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Stephane Grappelli's violin


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In the early days (around the 1930's recordings) Stephane was rather poor, and used whatever he could get his hands on. On other forum I learned that Stephane was apparently quite stingy, and as the years passed, used poor instruments so that he wouldn't have to worry about them getting damaged. He got the Gagliano (Paris 1742) at the advice of his manager, when his wealth began to improve. I'm not sure of the other violins mentioned here, but he also used Michel Warlop's Pierre Hel violin (on loan), which he later gave to Jean-Luc Ponty. Eventually Diedier Lockwood ended up with it. During this period he also used the violin already mentioned by Benedetto. That violin has apparently ended up in some museum.

What I'd like to know, but can find no info on, is what strings he preferred later in life??

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