Gareth Ballard, London, 2014
About Gareth BallardGareth has a central London workshop on Lambeth Walk. He originally trained as a composer before travelling to Jesi in Italy to learn violin making from the luthier Giuseppe Quagliano. He returned to England in 2004 to complete a 3-year Diploma at the celebrated Newark School of Violin Making. Following some time in European workshops and then 3 years at Bridgewood and Neitzert in North London, Gareth set up his own workshop and now divides his time between new making and restoration.
About the violinThis violin is based on a Stradivari model from what is known as his Golden Period. This period consists of the years between 1700 and 1725, once the great master was fully established but before any signs of aging began to creep into his making.
The violin has a one piece back of highly-flamed maple of narrow figuration. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce which widens towards the flanks. The varnish is golden brown in colour, laid over a lighter golden ground and the violin has a length of back of 355mm.
How does it sound?Like the instruments on which this one is based, the violin has an expansive, golden tone. The violin is noticeably even across the whole range and rings exceptionally well. An excellent instrument which would be a great partner for any player!
ConditionThe violin is in original mint condition.
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