Vuillaume, J.B. (c.1860, Paris) *later top*

A beautiful and powerful violin from the hands of one of history’s greatest and most influential violinmakers, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume. Possessing perfect tonal balance, fine projection and a resonant tone, very well suited for a wide variety of ensembles and halls. Workmanship is exemplary, typical of this great master, with fine knife and detail work. Two-piece flamed maple back of varied grain width. The top is of well-defined medium grain spruce. Varnish is medium orange brown over a golden ground.

This violin offers a great opportunity to a serious artist that seeks the qualities of a Vuillaume, but not the high price. There are two reasons: The top, although well matched to the violin, was made and installed at a later time. The back has an expertly repaired fissure along the soundpost axis, well-supported by means of an internal inlaid patch. Neither of these two deficiencies affect the violin’s tonal qualities, playability or longevity. However, the price is significantly lowered, and is a mere fraction of the price a similar violin by Vuillaume in perfect condition. Historical records indicate that such instruments, from the hands of great makers, have continued to increase in market value, albeit at a slower rate than similar instruments in perfect condition.

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume
Standing alongside Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri as one of history’s greatest and most influential violinmakers, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume possessed an unusual array of qualities unique in the violinmaking world. Born in the famous French violinmaking center of Mirecourt in 1798, Jean Baptiste learned his craft well, first from his father, later from Fr. Chanot. Later settling in Paris, and with further training from George Chanot, Jean Baptiste opened his own workshop. He first started with Chanot’s patterns, as well as those of the great Lupot, but soon discovered that the works of Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu were far more desired by the market. His superb copies were a near-instant success, providing a firm foundation for his workshop. With his unparalleled skills at making and copying, his imagination and his keen business acumen, Vuillaume’s workshop became the talk of Paris, and the world. As the undisputed 19th century master of the violin world, Vuillaume was also a great innovator and inventor, and was able to attract the finest workers and violin and bowmakers, many of them famous to this day: Peccatte, Voirin, Silvestre, Derazey, Simon, among many others. Also respected as a violin dealer, Vuillaume attracted famous artists from all over Europe and abroad. His purchase of Luigi Tarisio’s collection, which included some of the most famous old Italian violins, such as the Messiah Strad, firmly established his firm’s position of preeminence. With a long and fruitful career, Vuillaume’s output includes over 3,000 instruments, most of which are still being used by fortunate and grateful concert artists the world over.

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A beautiful and powerful violin from the hands of one of history’s greatest and most influential violinmakers, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume. Possessing perfect tonal balance, fine projection and a resonant tone, very well suited for a wide variety of ensembles and halls. Workmanship is exemplary, typical of this great master, with fine knife and detail work. Two-piece flamed maple back of varied grain width. The top is of well-defined medium grain spruce. Varnish is medium orange brown over a golden ground.

This violin offers a great opportunity to a serious artist that seeks the qualities of a Vuillaume, but not the high price. There are two reasons: The top, although well matched to the violin, was made and installed at a later time. The back has an expertly repaired fissure along the soundpost axis, well-supported by means of an internal inlaid patch. Neither of these two deficiencies affect the violin’s tonal qualities, playability or longevity. However, the price is significantly lowered, and is a mere fraction of the price a similar violin by Vuillaume in perfect condition. Historical records indicate that such instruments, from the hands of great makers, have continued to increase in market value, albeit at a slower rate than similar instruments in perfect condition.

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume
Standing alongside Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri as one of history’s greatest and most influential violinmakers, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume possessed an unusual array of qualities unique in the violinmaking world. Born in the famous French violinmaking center of Mirecourt in 1798, Jean Baptiste learned his craft well, first from his father, later from Fr. Chanot. Later settling in Paris, and with further training from George Chanot, Jean Baptiste opened his own workshop. He first started with Chanot’s patterns, as well as those of the great Lupot, but soon discovered that the works of Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu were far more desired by the market. His superb copies were a near-instant success, providing a firm foundation for his workshop. With his unparalleled skills at making and copying, his imagination and his keen business acumen, Vuillaume’s workshop became the talk of Paris, and the world. As the undisputed 19th century master of the violin world, Vuillaume was also a great innovator and inventor, and was able to attract the finest workers and violin and bowmakers, many of them famous to this day: Peccatte, Voirin, Silvestre, Derazey, Simon, among many others. Also respected as a violin dealer, Vuillaume attracted famous artists from all over Europe and abroad. His purchase of Luigi Tarisio’s collection, which included some of the most famous old Italian violins, such as the Messiah Strad, firmly established his firm’s position of preeminence. With a long and fruitful career, Vuillaume’s output includes over 3,000 instruments, most of which are still being used by fortunate and grateful concert artists the world over.

Read more about: The French Violin Making Tradition

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This item comes with Shar's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

A beautiful and powerful violin from the hands of one of history’s greatest and most influential violinmakers, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume. Possessing perfect tonal balance, fine projection and a resonant tone, very well suited for a wide variety of ensembles and halls. Workmanship is exemplary, typical of this great master, with fine knife and detail work. Two-piece flamed maple back of varied grain width. The top is of well-defined medium grain spruce. Varnish is medium orange brown over a golden ground.

This violin offers a great opportunity to a serious artist that seeks the qualities of a Vuillaume, but not the high price. There are two reasons: The top, although well matched to the violin, was made and installed at a later time. The back has an expertly repaired fissure along the soundpost axis, well-supported by means of an internal inlaid patch. Neither of these two deficiencies affect the violin’s tonal qualities, playability or longevity. However, the price is significantly lowered, and is a mere fraction of the price a similar violin by Vuillaume in perfect condition. Historical records indicate that such instruments, from the hands of great makers, have continued to increase in market value, albeit at a slower rate than similar instruments in perfect condition.

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume
Standing alongside Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri as one of history’s greatest and most influential violinmakers, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume possessed an unusual array of qualities unique in the violinmaking world. Born in the famous French violinmaking center of Mirecourt in 1798, Jean Baptiste learned his craft well, first from his father, later from Fr. Chanot. Later settling in Paris, and with further training from George Chanot, Jean Baptiste opened his own workshop. He first started with Chanot’s patterns, as well as those of the great Lupot, but soon discovered that the works of Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu were far more desired by the market. His superb copies were a near-instant success, providing a firm foundation for his workshop. With his unparalleled skills at making and copying, his imagination and his keen business acumen, Vuillaume’s workshop became the talk of Paris, and the world. As the undisputed 19th century master of the violin world, Vuillaume was also a great innovator and inventor, and was able to attract the finest workers and violin and bowmakers, many of them famous to this day: Peccatte, Voirin, Silvestre, Derazey, Simon, among many others. Also respected as a violin dealer, Vuillaume attracted famous artists from all over Europe and abroad. His purchase of Luigi Tarisio’s collection, which included some of the most famous old Italian violins, such as the Messiah Strad, firmly established his firm’s position of preeminence. With a long and fruitful career, Vuillaume’s output includes over 3,000 instruments, most of which are still being used by fortunate and grateful concert artists the world over.

Read more about: The French Violin Making Tradition

1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with Shar's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

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