Updated July 8, 2022
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.
11” x 8.5” ISBN 0-931877-57-1 $24.95
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Treatise on Construction, Preservation, Repair,
and Improvement of the Violin - $24.95
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