Violin by Edward Dodds, Edinburgh, 1878

Violin by Edward Dodds, Edinburgh, 1878

About Edward Dodds

Edward Dodds was born in Northumberland in 1817 and moved to Edinburgh in 1863, setting up a shop in the city's fashionable West End. Dodds is believed to have been self-taught as a violin maker and made around 300 instruments over the course of his career.

Dodds was particularly proud of his varnish, claiming that he alone knew the secrets of the Cremonese masters! This was not an uncommon boast amongst Victorian and Edwardian makers. Dodds died in Edinburgh in 1896.

About this violin

This violin was made in Edinburgh in 1878 and is modelled after the instruments of Guarneri 'del Gesù'.

The violin has a two piece back of finely-flamed maple with ribs and scroll to match. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce and the varnish is typical of Dodds' work, being thickly applied and a dark reddish-brown in colour.

The violin has a length of back of 357 mm.

How does it sound?

This is a seriously powerful violin! It projects incredibly well and loves to sing out. The overall tone is on the darker end of the spectrum.


The violin is in excellent condition.

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