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Viola by William John 2007


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William John was born in London in 1961. In 1977 he started working at Ealing Strings, one of Europe`s largest workshops. Working alongside Paul Ayres and Thomas Pilar from the famous Bohemian Violin making family, William gained vast knowledge from makers such as Premysl Spidlen and the late William Luff.

William concentrated on the detailed restoration of fine Cremonese Instruments such as Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, Bergonzi and many other great Italian, English and French master Violin-makers of the 17th and 18th Century.

This proved an invaluable experience and a wonderful insight into the classical period of Violin making.

In 1991 William emigrated to Hong Kong where he spent a year making and restoring Violins for a well-heeled clientele!

He set up his own workshop in London in 1992 and has established a close working relationship with many professional musicians has concentrated on sound adjustment.

From years developing detailed drawings and notes of Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, Bergonzi and many other great Italian, English and French master Violin maker`s instruments, William makes meticulous copies for professional musicians worldwide.

The one-piece back of maple of strong medium-fine curl slightly descending across the back from the treble down towards the bass flank. The ribs, pegbox, and scroll similar. The front of spruce in two pieces of medium-fine grain in the centre broadening towards the flanks. The varnish of a rich orange-brown colour on a yellow ground.





also branded ‘WILIAM JOHN’ on the inside back.

  • Length of back 411mm
  • Width upper bout 193mm
  • Width middle bout 134mm
  • Width lower bout 241mm.

Additional information

Weight 3.2 kg
Dimensions 83.5 × 31 × 19 cm


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