G.B. Guadagnini is regarded as the greatest violin maker of the second half of the 18th Century; his original style produced some of the best instruments in history. A great reason to copy the famous violin maker! Little is known about the training of Guadagnini.
There are insufficient amounts of information to connect the dots with but we will leave his training for a later discussion… Guadagnini wasn’t like most makers who practice their craft in the same location for their careers. G.B. Guadagnini started making instruments in Piacenza, before moving to Milan in 1749 following the great cellist Carlo Ferrari.
He learned much from Ferrari while adjusting his cellos molds. Guadagnini next followed Ferrari to Parma where he continued his craft for 12 more years. Finally, Guadagnini moved to Turin in 1771 where he met the famous violin collector Count Cozio.
Cozio later became his patron, and was responsible for the commission of some of Guadagnini’s finest works. The Count acquired the remaining articles from the Stradivari workshop from the maker’s grandson Paolo around 1774. Which rewarded Guadagnini with the opportunity to acquaint himself with the great master’s work first hand.
After this opportunity Guadagnini adopted Stradivari’s models more frequently and his labels reflect that period. I love copying Guadagnini’s work, his wood selection is unparalleled and his varnish is a brilliant red.
The Nurnberger family workshop created a great number of high-quality bows throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the firms bows are featured in the Tourte model making this style bow a signature of the workshop.
There were various makers of the family who used the family’s brand including Franz Albert Jr., his son Carl Albert, grandson Karl Albert and the great-grandson Christian Albert. While these makers used the firms’ stamp they can be distinguished from one another with great expertise.
They are often described as a bow made by the Nurnberger family/workshop.
Adolf C. Schuster was a bow maker who worked in Markneukirchen around the 1920’s. He lived from 1890-1947. He was a maker of fine bows with silver or gold mounts. He often is known for imitating famous makers of his time such as; Tubbs, Voirin and Tourte.
This bow is stamped “Adolf C. Schuster” the bow is also stamped on the frog.
This E.M. Penzel viola bow is in fine condition. Hand crafted by master Emil Max Penzel in southwestern Germany. Penzel studied with the famous maker H.R. Pfretzschner in Markneukirchen, Saxony for ten years before opening his own workshop in the Vogtland village of Erlbach. Penzel bows are known for a responsive, powerful sound.
This is a fine example of E.M. Penzels bows. Emil Penzel lived from (1887-1953).
A fine modern violin by Petko Zlatev Stoinov, this violin was made in 2002. Stoinov started his work as a luthier in 1993 in the town of Kazaniak, Bulgaria. He is a member of The Violin Society of America and makes fine musical stringed instruments.
He started as a woodworker in a yacht studio before he fell in love with violin making collaborating with Paolo Vitorio, later working with other Italian and American Luthiers.
This Petko Stoinov is a fine example of the makers work. Although it was made in 2002 it is in mint condition and was well cared for by the original owner. Made with a high-grade wood materials provided by the mountain ranges of Bulgaria, leaving his instruments with excellent acoustic qualities.
The back is fine two-piece maple with the flames slanting slightly downwards towards the edges of the instrument. The ribs and scroll match the back piece of maple making this Stoinov violin pleasing to the eye to match its excellent tonal qualities.
This Petko Stoinov violin is now available for trial at our shop.
Another year flies by and now we find that it is already 2016. I admit that while I love the holiday seasons I always look forward to getting back to “normal life”. Starting new adventures and getting back to work (where I belong). This is going to be another exciting year at Fegleys and we will be adding a Piano Tuning and Rebuilding page to the website.
It is only natural to start with the best of the best in the piano world, a Steinway & Sons “baby” grand piano. This particular Steinway piano is a 1951 Steinway & Sons Model S. It measures 5’ 1” long and has resided with just one owner, sitting in the corner of her living room for over 50 years before she passed away in 2006… This Steinway “baby” grand piano was played on daily and was well maintained and cared for before it fell into the hands of a certified piano tuner. That certified piano tuner happens to be my older brother Jason D. McDevitt, who also graduated from the North Bennet Street School.
This Steinway Model S was in amazing condition before he took ownership, but he took it one step further and decided to give the “baby” grand piano a complete rebuild. He rebuilt the plate, refinished the soundboard, and installed all new strings along with new damper felt, making this piano a joy to play! But that wasn’t enough; he took it one step further and polished the outside case of the piano.
Taking a dull/cloudy finish and returning it to the original highly polished finish that Steinway & Sons pianos are known for.
This Steinway “baby” grand piano would not only look great in a church, concert hall or another living room where space is a premium but would fill the room with a rich, powerful sound of a much larger piano. The asking price for this rebuilt one-owner 1951 Steinway & Sons Model S “baby” grand piano is $18,999 and is available to play by appointment.
A fine violin by Nestor Dominique Audinot in 1898, also referred to as N. Audinot. Audinot was the son of Leopold Audinot and apprenticed with him in Mirecourt. Audinot also worked with Sebastian Vuillaume in Paris. N. Audinot’s are made with remarkable maple and are well built instruments.
This particular violin comes with paper work from well-known Philadelphia shop Frederick W. Oster Fine Violins. This Audinot is in fine condition and has a great tone!
Although I build my instruments based from many different makers, I focus most of my attention making Stradivarius and Guarneri Del Gesu violins. They end up sounding quite different once they are completed but both have a great sound to them! The Stradivarius violins end up with a very bright, direct sound. While the Del Gesu has a warmer, mellow tone.
Here are two violins that I am currently building, one Stradivarius, the other Guarneri Del Gesu…
Can you tell which is which!?!
I started making another violin this month. It is a commissioned build for one of my clients who purchased a viola from me a few years ago. I love building violins with a particular person in mind.
It allows me to build the instrument with their personal style of playing in mind.
In this instance we are building a Del Gesu violin, he currently plays on a 200 year old violin that has a dark, mellow sound to it. We decided to stick with a Del Gesu style over Stradivarius because it will have a darker, warmer tone compared to the Stradivarius violin, which would produce a brighter, more direct sound to it.
Follow me as I build this violin for my client! A violin build from start to finish!
Guarneri Del Gesu f-holes! I love carving Del Gesu f-holes, although they are a different change of pace compared to carving Stradivarius f-holes, it is always nice to switch it up as a maker! In this post you will see the many stages it takes in order to accomplish a well-placed f-hole. Follow this custom build as I hand make a violin from start to finish.
This violin is being built for a college student who is looking to upgrade his current violin. He is looking for more volume and personality in his violin…
I am happy with his decision to play a Guarneri Del Gesu violin!