About the Galleries....

These are a few of the instruments that I have photographed and in most cases have worked on. I plan on rotating the images periodically, so this is an area to check back once in awhile to see what's new.  In addition to the more common makers, I am trying to include some more obscure and less frequently documented makers that I hope you find interesting.

Some of the galleries contain quotes from references such as Hamma, Henley, Wenberg, and occasional exhibition notes, stating a short biography or other interesting information about the maker. These quotes should not be considered empirical, I only present them in order to provide context.

In addition to photographs, for those of you who may be interested, many of the instruments also have detailed measurements shown next to the relevant photograph. These will be of particular interest to makers and other instrument nerds.

Authenticity...

I do not write appraisals, or certificates of any kind other then for instruments that I have personally made. This can be a hazardous area of expertise both in law and in reputation. Having said that, these instruments are stated as being made by particular makers based on existing certificates issued by established firms such as W.E.Hill, J. & A. Beare, Bein and Fushi, Wurlitzer, D'attili and others.

Labels...

Labels are easily replaced and they have been since the earliest days of violin making. Because of this, labels are never used in identifying an instrument. The labels presented here should be considered informative only. Although they were photographed from the instruments,  they are in many cases not original.

Color...

Please keep in mind that each computer monitor displays color differently, therefore the color you see on your screen may not be a completely accurate representation of the original instrument. Furthermore, these pictures were all taken over several years under many different circumstances. Sometimes I could take all the time I needed and other times I had five or ten minutes to get in a few good shots. Different lighting, and in some cases different cameras have been used... therefore variances will occur.

Click on the right and left arrows to scroll to different instruments and makers.