Violin by Joseph Ian Ross, Pitlochry, 2008

This violin has now sold.

Violin by Joseph Ian Ross, Pitlochry, 2008

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 is a copy of the famous ‘Plowden’ Guarneri del Gesù, made in 1735. It has the broad grain on the outer edges of the front, the rugged ‘Filius’ style head and the one piece back of the original. The violin is not something that would normally be described as pretty, but it has captured the grace, charm and boldness of the instrument Ross was copying.

The violin has a length of back of 351 mm.

How does it sound?

This violin is a real favourite! The sound is a wonderful combination of silvery and ever so delicate when played softly, rich and full when played more vigorously, and downright raucous when pushed really hard.


The violin is in original mint condition.

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