new-old violin

April 12, 2005 at 08:34 PM · Hi, everybody,

I'm trying out a new violin. She was built in 1595 by Caspar da Salo in Brencia (should be in Italy). Does anyone know something interesting about the maker and the value of the intstrument you would expect?

I'm very happy about the sound and she feels very comfortable, but I'm curious about the history.

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April 13, 2005 at 12:22 AM · Hi,

A very famous maker. One of the earliest violin makers from Brescia. The instruments are unusual. His violas were once highly prized. Price-wise they are expensive, but not as much as the Cremonese makers. These days, I'd say about 150,000-250,000USD. The sound isn't as carrying as the later instruments from Amati and especially Stradivari onwards, but rich, mellow dark and satisfying. That's the best I can do.


April 13, 2005 at 03:17 AM · However, this undoubtedly isn't one of those, but more likely a much later German "rendition". I believe there are something like 4 authentic da Salo violins existing (most of his surviving instruments are violas). The price of a real violin would be quite a bit higher--pushing $400,000 or more, I suspect, and the viola prices are stratospheric.

April 13, 2005 at 11:30 AM · No, unfortunately he died long before I was born.

;-) Juergen

April 13, 2005 at 07:42 PM · Within the past year, I recall seeing in the Strad a Da Salo cello up for sale.

(His last name wasn't actually Da Salo, by the way).

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