Violin by Colin Nicholls, London, 1981

Violin by Colin Nicholls, London, 1981

About Colin Nicholls

Colin Nicholls is an English violin maker who served his apprenticeship in the famous W.E. Hill and Sons workshop, remaining with the firm for 11 years. He enjoys a reputation as one of the foremost luthiers of his generation.

About the violin

Made in London in 1981, the violin is modelled after the instruments of Guarneri 'del Gesù'.

The violin has a two piece back of book-matched maple, the figuration descending from the centre joint. The ribs and scroll are of similar wood. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce and the varnish is amber in colour.

The violin has a length of back of 355 mm.

How does it sound?

This instrument has a robust, reliable character. It has a fair amount of texture to the sound and is most comfortable at the higher end of the dynamic range.


The violin is in excellent original condition.

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