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The book integrates the author's direct observation of instruments with a large number of primary and secondary sources on makers around the world. The sources and reliability of the information within the book is clearly indicated allowing the reader to form a considered judgement of individual entries.
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Over a forty year career as a violin maker and expert, John Dilworth has become a recognised authority on musical instruments. Drawing on his experience in the workshop of
J. & A. Beare, consulting for Sotheby's, Christie's and Peter Biddulph and judging competitions around the world, John's wide span of knowledge and extensive notes have been invaluable in writing the book.