Violin by George Pyne, London, 1901

Violin by George Pyne, London, 1901

About George Pyne

George Pyne was born in East London in 1852 and trained as a violinist as a child. He then taught himself violin making before finding employment in the Edward Withers shop in Soho. The Withers shop dealt with very fine Italian instruments and Pyne would have been exposed to the work of all of the great violinmakers during the two decades he spent there.

Pyne went on to make over 500 violins and violas, based on the classical models with which he was so familiar. Pyne was a great champion of modern making: Soho was home to a great many luthiers from all over Europe at this time and so his work shows great awareness of contemporary developments.

About the violin

This violin was made in London in 1901 and is a personal interpretation of the instruments of Stradivari.

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

The violin has a length of back of 356 mm.

How does it sound?

This violin has a really compelling, slightly grainy sound. It feels quite elastic to play, really encouraging you to sink into the string. It's noticeably even and sings well in lyrical passages.


The violin is in very good condition.

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