In focus: the ‘Sachs’ Stradivari violin of c.1666

Sachs crop

John Dilworth takes a close look at one of the very earliest violins attributable to Stradivari

Antonio Stradivari’s ‘Sachs’ violin offers a fascinating insight into the master’s development as a violin maker, giving clues to his still-mysterious origins. Already in full command of his technical skills, he was searching for his own stylistic and tonal expression with originality and imagination. Quite how he gained his knowledge of violin making, and from whom, is still one of lutherie’s unresolved questions.

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