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furrow. The wood of the back and of the ribs cut slab-wise. The varnish resembles that of Andreas Amati's violins. The tone is also small. The label runs: —
Nicolas Atnati. These instruments are distinguished from those of the other Amati violins by a grander appear­ance, better and thicker varnish, and a more brilliant and penetrating tone. The scroll is somewhat small in proportion to the body. Label: —
Stradivarius. In the career of Stradivarius three periods may be traced, and the violins proceeding from each of these distinct periods themselves vary more or less. The instruments of the first period differ but little from Amati violins, and are classified as being of the school of Nicolas Amati. The instruments of the second period are already quite different from the first. The whole model is larger, the arching finer, the wood of the upper table and also of the back is stronger,- and the varnish redder in colour. From the third period proceeded the finest violins that are in existence. The model is again somewhat larger, the upper table is flatter, the wood of the back and of the ribs instead of being cut on the layers in slab form (sur couche), is taken on the quarter (sur maille). The varnish is still more brilliant, yet soft looking, and so transparent that the beauty of the wood underneath it is fully brought out. The f holes are wonderfully cut, and the entire work is finely finished in every detail. The tone fulfils every possible requirement, it is of great power and body, sparkling, noble, and yet sympathetic and sweet. The violins made in the last
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