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.
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