Most famous violinists since at least Viotti have played on an old Italian violin as their primary instrument. Some famous violinists, however, have played (or do play) violins other than old Italians as their primary instrument, at least during a portion of their careers. I will start by naming some violinists and the instruments other than old Italians they have used (or are using) but I would appreciate readers adding to the list. For purposes of this topic, let's define an "old Italian" violin as one made before 1800 and let's define a "primary" instrument as a violin that has been used by the violinist in recordings or live performances. Please do not turn this topic into a discussion of the merits of old versus new violins.
Christian Tetzlaff: Greiner
Elmar Oliveira: Koeberling; Young
Eugene Fodor: Peresson; Vuillaume
Jimmy Lin: Zygmuntowicz
Mark O'Connor: Vuillaume
Hilary Hahn: Vuillaume
Ruggiero Ricci: Bellini
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