John Dilworth examines a violin made in the last year of the master luthier’s life
Giovanni Battista Guadagnini is considered the greatest violin maker of the late 18th century. Although long held to have been a pupil of his father, Lorenzo Guadagnini, or even Stradivari – as he himself claimed on his late labels – it now seems most likely that he was to a great extent self-taught, and from the very beginning his instruments have a very distinctive character and exhibit a range of unique quirks of materials and technique that can be attributed to no other master…
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