Nicolò Amati Model

” I couldn’t be happier with your violin, and it is letting me express myself in so many wonderful ways.”

Sean Elliott
West Virginia University – School of Music

Nicolò Amati Model

This violin offers a big, bold, and bright sound while maintaining elegance, clarity, and ease of playing. The Amati family is often credited with having fixed the basic form of the violin, beginning with the efforts of patriarch Andrea in the mid-1500s. The craftsmanship and beauty of line found in his grandson Nicolò’s instruments are considered unsurpassed to this day. Though sweet in character, many modern players find Amati violins weak in comparison to Stradivari and Guarneri models. My goal, successfully achieved, was to preserve the beauty of line found in the 1649 N. Amati “Alard,” while adjusting the arching and overall size of the instrument to enlarge the sound for the modern player.

These images are selected from a variety of violins I have built of this model. Please call or email me with your questions, availability inquiries, or to schedule an audition or studio visit. Click any image to enlarge. The last image is a video.

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