Violin by John Young, Scotland, 1859

Violin by John Young, Scotland, 1859

About John Young

John Young was born in 1811 in Montrose, a coastal town between Aberdeen and Dundee. He learnt his craft with his uncle, the Montrose maker James Young, before moving to set up shop in Aberdeen in 1833. Two years later, Young moved premises to 32 Netherkirkgate, vacated the previous year by the maker Charles Cramond.

Young’s shop thrived for more than 30 years: he was active both as a maker and a dealer. We see his work as bridging the differences between the highly stylised instruments of the earlier Aberdeen school and the later makers like John Marshall who took their inspiration from the classical Italian models.

About the violin

The violin was made in Aberdeen in 1859. It is built on a fairly personal model and is a particularly fine example of the maker’s work.

The violin has a one piece back of attractive figured maple with ribs to match. The head is of plainer maple. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce and the varnish is a rich amber colour, laid over a lighter ground.

The violin has a length of back of 354 mm.

How does it sound?

This violin has a warm, friendly character. There is lots of volume when you need it, however the violin is at its most beguiling at the more intimate dynamics. The kind of instrument you can pick out in a room full of violinists, this classy violin is a bit of a favourite!


The violin is in very good condition. It bears its original label and is branded beneath the button.

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