History of violin. Stradivari or del Gesu built children size violins?
If yes, are there any that still exist?
Stradivari left plans for a 3/4, but I don't think any one has found one.
Yes, there is a 3/4 violin by Stradivari, I think it is on Beare's book. If I am not wrong, there is also one Del Gesù, in mint condition, in Beare's collection, I remember seeing photos of it.
Thanks. I will look for more information on this.
The Belle Skinner Strad is a slightly-large 3/4. The ones Manfio mentioned are more like 1/4. There are a few others that might be called 7/8.
I wonder when the dimensions of the violin became standardized. From that point on fractional instruments become a possibility. Also who and when did somebody have the bright idea that making fractional instruments was a good business strategy.
Michael, I remembered also of Strad's "L'Aiglon", 1734, (1/4) (I think it is on Sacconi's book, with a head in the form of a "scudo") and the Le Fountaine. 1712, I think it is a 1/2 violin.