Jakob Stainer Violin Copy circa
Stainer was a violin maker who was famous and much sought after, long
before Stradivarius. His instruments were in the hands of the best
players of the time, as they were seeking a warm well rounded sound that
worked best in chamber groups playing in small halls and courts.
halls were built, and performances by soloists were played before larger
and larger audiences, Stainer's instruments fell out of favor, and the
instruments of the Cremonese makers, including Amati, Stradivarius and
Guarneri were demanded in order to meet the acoustic requirements of the
larger venues. Baroque and chamber players still
appreciate the great qualities of Stainer's instruments.
instrument was made probably in the 1930s and is modeled after Stainer.
The varnish is chocolate brown with gold highlights. The two piece
top is made from medium grain spruce. The two piece maple back is
of small even horizontal flames--the ribs are made with similar wood.
The Stainer stamp can be seen through the bass F hole, and my repair
label dated 2006 is visible via the treble F hole. The name
Stainer is also found stamped beneath the button of the back plate.
The instrument is in very good condition.