Guarneri Del Gesu copies.

Posted on | December 1, 2011 | 3 Comments|

Two of my customers were very kind and brought their ‘Harrison’ violins to my shop for me to play and compare. They were based on the same violin- the Guarneri Del Gesu, 1742, ‘Lord Wilton’ , once owned by Yehudi Menuhin.  One of the violins was completed in 2010 and the other was finished just a few weeks ago.


Having two of my violins of the same model in the workshop at the same time is unusual. It gave me the chance to compare and see in which ways they were different or similar.

Throughout the year as I complete violins in the shop, I adjust each instrument to have them sounding their best. As part of that process I think about the sound of previous violins I’ve made, other instruments I like and good Cremonese violins I’ve heard and played.

So when completing a violin  I often ask myself – is it better than the last one? A subjective question at best and even more so if the previous violin is sold and gone.

In this case the violins actually sounded very similar when listening a few meters away.  The recent violin was  finished a few weeks ago and sounded very good already.  The older 2010 violin had a slightly smoother sound and feel while playing it.   It will be interesting to see how they compare in a year from now when both violins have been played extensively.




Above:  The back and front of the most recent violin.


3 Responses to “Guarneri Del Gesu copies.”

  1. Parker Duchemin
    December 3rd, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    Fascinating post. Guy, you don’t like to boast, but these instruments both look and sound magnificent.

  2. admin
    December 14th, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    Thank you! I start the next Guarneri copy next week.

  3. Tim Marlin
    March 17th, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    simply breathtaking ! Im saving for a Del Jesu copy , see you in a few years …

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
    792 Gladstone Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario
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    Tel: 613 569 4803

    1997 Silver medal for viola in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2010 Bronze medal for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2014 Workmanship award for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2016 Silver Workmanship medal for cello in the VSA Violin Making Competition, USA.

    Member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers and Violin Society of America.

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