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A RARE STRADIVARIUS!

"The Harrison" - by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (1693).
Rawlins Fund 1984


One of only 6 Strad violins still with the original "neck," it is said to be the greatest concert violin built before 1700 and was one of 44 instruments chosen for an exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of Stradivari's death.

Today's most noted violinists own a Strad.
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CHANOT Violins

Arne B. Larson Collection

These guitar-shaped violins were first built by Francois Chanot in 1817. Later, J.G. Staufer of Vienna used the same concept to invent the arpegionne, a cello-shaped instrument which Schubert used to write a sonata in 1824.
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And this is a BRANDSTÄTTER Violin.
Rawlins Fund 1997

It was built by Matthäus Ignatz Brandstätter in Vienna in 1824, the same year that Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was first produced. At the time, Viennese musicians played mostly Austrian, not Italian, instruments.
   
The KING
An AMATI violoncello (ca 1564-71)
Witten-Rawlins Collection

Built by the other famous violin maker from Cremona, Andrea Amati, this was one of 38 instruments commissioned for the French court of King Charles IX. In 1801 the instrument was made smaller and "modernized" by the Parisian lutier Renault, hence the seam along the middle. (Click image to view detail in pop-up window. Close window when done.)

Photos courtesy of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

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