Violin by Ian Ross, Pitlochry, 2010

Violin by Ian Ross, Pitlochry, 2010

About Joseph Ian Ross

Ian Ross was an incredibly gifted maker based in Pitlochry, Scotland. We were proud to have known Ian: he was a hugely individual and charming man, endlessly talented, and incredibly generous to generations of players. He passed away at the end of February 2023 and we were very grateful to be given the chance by his family to buy the collection of his instruments. These instruments are now being finished in our workshop and added to our catalogue of his work.

Ian´s workshop was a treasure trove of instruments, all stunningly well observed and beautifully made. He had an amazing eye for different models and always has several different models on the go at once. Ian´s instruments are popular with traditional and classical players alike for their very human, expressive qualities.

About the violin

This violin was made in Pitlochry in 2010 and is a copy of the famous 'Plowden' del Gesù.

The violin has a one piece back of very attractive local sycamore with ribs and scroll of similar wood. The front is two pieces of fairly wide-grained spruce and the varnish is a rich golden-brown.

The violin has a length of back of 353 mm.

How does it sound?

Ian's Guarneri model violins are hugely successful in capturing the darkness and power we associate with the model. This violin has all the dark breadth one could ask for at the bottom of the register, coupled with a brilliant and projecting upper end.


The violin is in original mint condition. This is one of the last instruments we have available with Ian's original bridge.

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