Violin by Martin Bouette, London, 1996

Violin by Martin Bouette, London, 1996

About Martin Bouette

Martin Bouette was an English violin maker who passed away in 2017. Martin was born into violin making – his father, Maurice, was a founder of the Newark School of Violin Making and its first Director.

Martin graduated from the Mittenwald school of violin making in 1973 and then worked for J. and A. Beare in London, enjoying an excellent reputation as one of the foremost makers of his generation.

About the violin

This violin was made for J. and A. Beare in 1996 and is modelled after the instruments of Guarneri 'del Gesù'.

The violin has a two piece back of book-matched maple with the flame descending slightly from the centre joint. The ribs and scroll are of similar wood. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce and the varnish is a rich red in colour, laid over a lighter golden ground.

The violin has a length of back of 349 mm and the vibrating string length is 325 mm. This means that the body is very comfortable for those with small hands, whilst the fairly standard string length means that there are no compromises on sound.

How does it sound?

This violin is smooth like chocolate and has a massive voice. However hard you push it, the violin never loses its quality of sound. It's easy to get around and makes music making easy too!


The violin is in excellent condition.


The violin comes with its original Beare receipt.

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