Violin by Paul Bowers, Edinburgh, 2012
This violin has now sold.
About Paul BowersPaul Bowers is an extremely well-respected violin maker now based in Oban, Argyll. A graduate of the prestigious Newark School of Violin Making, Paul went on to win awards in major violin making competitions and to establish a reputation as one of Britain´s foremost contemporary makers.
Paul´s instruments are much sought-after by musicians for their tonal characteristics and his very fine workmanship: we are delighted to one of his violins available for sale.
About the violinThis violin was made in 2012 and is modelled after the instruments of the early Brescian maker Gasparo `da Salò´. The influence of this model can be seen most especially in the round, full arching and the beautifully-executed f holes. I always find that da Salò scrolls have an especially organic, fern-like appearance: this characteristic has been captured very well in this violin.
The violin has a two piece maple back of medium flame which descends gently from the centre joint. The front is two pieces of book-matched, medium-width spruce. The varnish is reddish-orange in colour, laid over a lighter ground.
The length of back is 353 mm.
How does it sound?The violin a broad, warm sound: a testament to Paul´s ability to capture the essence of the da Salò model. It projects very well and feels comfortable to play, particularly as it takes a great deal of vigour before the limits of the sound can be found. A powerhouse of a small violin!
ConditionThe violin is in excellent original condition.