Violin by Joseph Ian Ross, Pitlochry, 2013
This violin has now sold.
About Joseph Ian RossIan 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 violinThis violin is modelled after the famous 'Il Cannone', the del Gesù violin which was the favourite of Paganini.
The violin has a two piece back of quarter-sawn maple with ribs and scroll to match. The front is two pieces of straight grained spruce which widens towards the flanks. The varnish is a beautiful golden-amber in colour.
The violin has a length of back of 357 mm.
How does it sound?In this violin, Ian has captured the magic of the original: the sound is dark and meaty yet extremely powerful. The violin is very responsive and a real joy to play.