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Treatise on Construction

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Treatise on Construction, Preservation, Repair,

and Improvement of the Violin - $24.95


This 72 page book is a reprint of a text about

the state of the art of violin making in 1828,

by Jacob Augustus Otto, the instrument

maker at the court of the Archduke of

Weimar. This new edition includes two

separate translations of the work to English

from the original German.

The first translation is from a book published

in 1846 by Hanks, and the second translation

is by violin expert John Bishop. Bishop's version includes many fascinating footnotes and

commentary about statements made by Otto, including other expert's research into violin

making. The Hanks version includes a chapter with tips on violin playing.

Topics include: major violin makers in Italy and Germany and comparisons between their

instruments, theories of violin construction, and bringing out violin tone through repair

and preservation. Its a fascinating look at the state of violin making in the 1800's. This

book is mostly text, with 3 pages of illustrations. Comb bound on quality 70 lb text paper.

ISBN 0-931877-57-1

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