Why are luthiers still influenced by antique violin makers?

Building a violin, a cello or a viola with personal shapes and dimensions is always the right choice for Atelier Cesarini. But there are exceptions, some works are certainly inspired by the well-known stradivarian shapes and by dimensions of antique violin makers (Amati, Guarneri, Gasparo da Salò). Perhaps the most used, in general in violin making, is the “Cremonese” violin template (faciebat Stradivari, year 1715).

Costruzione violino
Violin making
violin holes
violin holes

The experimentation, of the various and possible forms of stringed instruments, has been widely done in the past years. Today it is difficult to reinvent something new in this sector.

The dimensions and volumes of classical lutherie have kept them unaltered, since the timbre of the instrument as it was conceived in the past, has been achieved following many empirical tests, which have fixed the sound canons in the ears of musicians and authors, who are past or modern.

It comes naturally to a classical orchestra musician, wanting to replicate the “sound” of a certain repertoire of the period, through an arched instrument that does not go too far from the known.

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Flamed maple crafting

Conceiving sounds in an abstract and inventive way is a luxury that unfortunately does not belong to the classical repertoire (it is called “classic” also for this reason). The canons are there, getting out from those, can lead to the non-compatibility of the musician with this world.

here you can see a restoration of an old violin. we’ll give you also some advice to understand antique instruments value 

Rehairing, some advices (example during a violin bow rehair)

Our advice to evaluate a rehairing.

on pic a double bass rehairing

  • if the hairs are pulled out from the head or the frog, it could be a loosening of a weak node in the “mortes”.
  • if the hairs break too easily or stretch too much, or they are of poor quality or the flame on them is used to “stretch them” (bad procedure, here is bandit!). There may be other causes, but they are more rare.
  • if the bow leap too easily, compared to before, maybe a wrong number of hairs have been mounted.
  • if they wooden tap slip out from the “mortes” of the frog or head, it means the mortes may not have been properly adjusted.
  • if you find a split tip and before it was not, probably the wooden tap has been  plugged too much pressurized.
  • if the frog breaks off, a wooden tap in the wood will probably be too pressurized.

on video a violin bow rehair