A Catalogue of the Lyon & Healy Collection of Rare Old Violins, Violas, Violoncellos, Bows of Rare Makes (Google eBook)

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Page 61 - Corelli.for example (born 1653, died 1713), was a clumsy affair, something like the modern double-bass bow. A few years later, during Tartini's time (born 1692, died 1770), it had developed to the extent of being made lighter and the first attempt had been made to give the stick a variety of tension by means of a screw. The importance of the bow is not fully realized by most players, for it is safe to say that without the bow as developed by Francois Tourte, and as it is known today, the modern symphony...
Page 9 - London, and successively into the hands of various persons celebrated in the violin world, among them George Hart and Robert Crawford. Finally it came again into the possession of Wm. E. Hill & Sons in 1903, when it was seen for the first time by Mme. Powell, during one of her European trips, and purchased by her. It was used as her concert violin until 1909 when we bought it from her. Just about as this catalog is going to press the instrument came into our hands once more. It is a Guarnerius of...
Page 18 - The back is formed by two pieces of very handsome curly maple, which is matched by the sides. The top is of spruce of the choicest selection known to the maker.

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