History of violin. Stradivari or del Gesu built children size violins?

August 27, 2018, 1:34 AM · If yes, are there any that still exist?

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August 27, 2018, 5:50 AM · Stradivari left plans for a 3/4, but I don't think any one has found one.
August 27, 2018, 7:16 AM · 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.
August 27, 2018, 3:01 PM · Thanks. I will look for more information on this.
Edited: August 28, 2018, 8:41 AM · 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.
August 29, 2018, 4:10 PM · 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.

"The Violin - A Social History" doesn't go into fractional instruments or even when the dimensions got standardized.

All that being said: that part of the industry is doing quite well.

August 29, 2018, 7:44 PM · 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.


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