Resplendent harmony: Carlo Bergonzi ‘Salabue, Martzy’ violin 1733

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The 1733 ‘Salabue, Martzy’ is one of the finest instruments by Carlo Bergonzi in existence. Jason Price examines the violin and looks at its travels over the past 300 years

In the 1730s Cremona was home to three master violin makers: Antonio Stradivari, Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ and Carlo Bergonzi. The Stradivari workshop was by then world-famous and ‘del Gesù’ was the third generation in a family of successful makers, but Bergonzi was the first in his family to take up the craft…

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