Ch & Sam Thompson 1781 violin front

Ch & S Thomspon, London 1781 violin

This violin is the work of the Thompson brothers and their workmen (this instrument is signed inside “J.B.” and is made by John Barton for Thompson). A similar violin is depicted on p.400 of “The British Violin”.)

This instrument retains its original label dated 1781. Based on the Stainer model, it has a two piece maple back of strong horizontal figure, sides and neck of lighter figured maple. 2 piece belly of medium grained pine. Painted purflings. This violin now has a copy of the damaged original neck. The bassbar (integral) is original and the saddle, pegs and tailpiece are copies of period originals. A period style fingerboard has been added in restoration.

Overall condition is very good and stable except for scratching and wear appropriate to the violin’s age. In full playing condition, this violin has a robust and well-focused tone, suitable for baroque and classical playing. Sold with full restoration photos and report.

An excellent first instrument for exploring the repertoire and for orchestral work. This instrument is equally effective for baroque and classical playing.



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