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Art of Violin Making

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The Art of Violin Making is the major work for the craftsman, bringing into one volume a summary of essential information for the violin maker and player, as well as providing a historical reference. This book is essential reading for the violin maker, repairer and historian, providing a unique record of the history, social background, lives and work of the great violin makers of the past, combined with a clear practical guide to making violins. It includes: “Part One: The Violin Makers,” “Part Two: The Workshop,...

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Overview

The Art of Violin Making is the major work for the craftsman, bringing into one volume a summary of essential information for the violin maker and player, as well as providing a historical reference. This book is essential reading for the violin maker, repairer and historian, providing a unique record of the history, social background, lives and work of the great violin makers of the past, combined with a clear practical guide to making violins. It includes: “Part One: The Violin Makers,” “Part Two: The Workshop, Tools and Materials,” and “Part Three: Violin Construction.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780709058762
  • Publisher: Hale, Robert Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 798,336
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Johnson came to violin making through making guitars as a hobby.  He attended Newark School of Violin Making and graduated with a distinction.  Since then he has established a workshop in Leicestershire where he makes violins in modern and baroque forms, and exact copies of fine instruments.  He also repairs and restores old instruments.                  Roy Courtnall is a luthier, writer and lecturer in musical instrument technology.  After obtaining a BA Hons degree in sculpture from London University he went on to develop his instrument-making skills, establishing himself as a luthier.  He has published a collection of plans of musical instruments, and is the author of Making Master Guitars also published by Hale.                 Adrian Lucas obtained a degree in architecture at Leeds Polytechnic in 1978.  He has worked as a musician for many years and has also run his own architectural business.  Most of his time is now occupied making and repairing guitars and teaching guitar making at an adult education class.  He was the illustrator for Making Master Guitars by Roy Courtnall. 

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Acknowledgements 8
List of Illustrations 9
Introduction 17
Pt. I The Violin Makers
1 Amati 25
2 Stradivari 30
3 Guarneri 33
4 Stainer 38
5 Contemporary Violin Makers 41
Pt. II The Maker's Workshop
6 The Workshop, Tools and Materials 55
Pt. III Violin Construction
Introduction 67
7 Mould 69
8 Ribs 80
9 Linings 97
10 Front 102
11 Back 146
12 Plate Tuning 153
13 Neck and Scroll 160
14 Assembly 195
15 Varnish 210
16 Fittings and Set-up 221
Sound Adjustment 234
App. 1 Technical terms 237
App. 2 Metric/imperial conversion tables 239
App. 3 Suppliers of tools, materials, plans and journals 242
App. 4 Collections of musical instruments 245
Bibliography 247
Index 249
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