Baroque Italian Violin

August 2, 2004 at 04:24 AM · I may be required to play violin in the baroque manner, because they are thinking that the violins vibrations may have exacerbated an eye disease causing retinal detatchment, I find out from the doctor Tuesday. Baroque violin would not require chin support, and I wouldn't dream of giving up the violin.

So, I am writing to the board to inquire as to whether any of you would know where you could find a modern Italian baroque instrument.

Thank you for your time,

Maximillian Tresmond

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August 2, 2004 at 02:23 PM · What is your price range? I believe that Brobst in Alexandria, Virginia had an Italian in Baroque set-up. If not, you can contact many Italian luthiers directly and they can discuss a commission.

Look at the Cremonese Consortium roster of luthiers ( Italian instruments are sounding incredible today--there certainly has been a revolution in Cremonese luthiere in the past ten years.

I am one of many extremely happy owners of a modern Italian.


August 2, 2004 at 03:34 PM · I only have around $5,000 USD to pay, being that this is unexpected.

Would it be cheaper to have my current violin converted to baroque?

August 2, 2004 at 06:01 PM · There are a few contemporary makers specializing in baroque instruments. One is Timothy Johnson, a maker who lives outside Houston. I've tried a few of his instruments over the years and they are excellent. He has a web page at

As for changing your instrument, it could be very costly to do so. You're talking about a neck graft and new bass bar, as well as a new setup, gut strings, and a modified fingerboard. It could easily run into the thousands, and you're not helping the value of your instrument by doing it.

August 4, 2004 at 09:11 PM · David Van Zandt in Seattle also builds Baroque instruments. You can find him at

August 5, 2004 at 12:56 PM · You could learn Cello...It's another option.

Best of luck in your playing

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