The Brompton's Book of Violin
and Bow Makers

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This newly published dictionary is the essential book for dealers, makers and collectors. Covering over 10,000 makers, the book is up-to-date and easy to use, with key dates of activity and locations clearly highlighted. The facts are provided in simple, direct language by one of the most respected consultants in the field - John Dilworth.

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.

With a print run of 1000 each each book is uniquely numbered and is the perfect workbench and office companion.

£180 ex. P&P £126 ex P&P

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"This beautifully produced and expertly researched book by two top specialists in the field is a pleasure to read and an essential volume for professional violin makers as well as for anyone interested in the history of the violin."

From Amazon

"Dilworth's extensive reading, and his experience of working at J & A Beare are apparent in the entries. To summarise, Dilworth's publication is a valuable addition to any library, and has already taken a prominent place on my bookshelf."

Philip Kass, The Strad

"It has vastly more listings for more makers than any other book that has come before and, when contrasted to the speculation of William Henley's earlier dictionary, is a leap forward in presenting a balanced and fact based overview of a maker's contributions."

Strings Magazine

The Monograph Collection

A collaboration between J & A Beare and Amati

Monograph Collection: £150 (£50 per book) £105 (£35 per book)


Antonio Stradivari 'La Pucelle'
Violin 1709


Antonio Stradivari 'Archinto'
Cello 1689


Antonio Stradivari 'Tyrrell'
Violin 1717

Extract from La Pucelle

The soundholes are wonderfully elegant and beautifully finished, as one would expect. They sit with great poise and balance on the front, the edges still looking sharp enough to cut paper. Comparing these virtually perfect soundholes with those on other celebrated instruments by Stradivari brings home the great variation observable in position, inclination, widths, and even symmetry in the work as a whole. These particular soundholes on ‘La Pucelle’ are cut with a quite generous width in the arm, a feature going back to the 1680s. Amongst these and later examples there are soundhole pairs that lean inwardly at the upper hole, and later there appear soundholes cut with a slender arm, set sometimes very upright and parallel. Then, in the Golden Period and beyond, there appear mixtures of all these traits in pairs of soundholes on the same instrument.

The explanations for all this apparently random treatment lie in the techniques Stradivari used to draw out the soundholes and the obvious fact that there were more than one pair of hands at work in the atelier.

Extract from Archinto

The ‘Archinto’ predates the Golden Period. Made in 1689, it is only sixth in succession in the truly remarkable catalogue of Stradivari cellos. Although his son Francesco seems to have taken some responsibility for the later cellos, in 1689 he was only eighteen years of age, and we can be sure that the ‘Archinto’ is in every way the work of Antonio. In this early phase he followed convention and made them to the large 80cm bass form, as found in the few unaltered instruments from this period such as the ‘Medici’ of 1690 and ‘Aylesford’ of 1696.

The ‘Castelbarco’ and the ‘Spanish Court’ cello of 1700 are rare examples of an interim model used by Stradivari, with a reduced back length of 77cm, still a full centimetre longer than his later ‘B’ form. The ‘Archinto’, like the vast majority of pre-1709 Stradivari cellos, has been cut down to the modern standard of 76cm (ironically the length later determined by Stradivari himself). Nevertheless, in this case the cutting process has been carried out with some sensitivity and enormous skill, and the instrument retains most of the grandeur and brilliance of its original conception.

Extract from Tyrrell

What is more clearly evident on the ‘Tyrrell’ than any other Stradivari is the formation of the purfling mitres. The pure condition of the violin, and the high degree of workmanship, allows us to see that the ‘bee sting’ that sweeps across the corner is made by extending the outer black strip of the middle bout inlay. The outer line of the upper and lower bouts coming into the corners is shorter, and allows the single strand of black from the middle bouts to define this slender and flexible point. It is a distinctive method of working that is not imitated by any other maker.

Stradivari’s copyists have established a convention that the point is formed by the dominant line of purfling from the upper and lower bouts. In most of Stradivari’s work wear and erosion combine to obscure this observation. He also regularly used a filler paste to mask any tiny flaws. Indeed, in the ‘Messie’ the various mitre joints in the purfling corners, although unspoilt, are comparatively difficult to distinguish. Nevertheless they do hold to the Stradivari convention.

These books are dedicated to a masterwork of classical violin making. Individual A4, hard-backed volumes contain a detailed history and descriptive text on the technical and aesthetic features of the featured instrument. The books feature first-class professional photographs in both general portrait and fine-detail views, and include a thorough list of essential measurements.

The Monograph Collection books are sold as a set or individual volumes. The final book, the 'King' Stainer is due to be published in late December.

Buy the complete set for £150* £105*
or individual volumes for £50* £35*

*excluding VAT and P&P where applicable

The Team:

  • John Dilworth - author
  • John Milnes - editor
  • Simon Morris - contributor
  • James Buchanan - contributor
  • Tucker Densley - photographer
  • Hiroko Umezawa - photographer
  • Jan Röhrmann - photographer
  • Sarah Buchanan - project coordinator

If you would like to order more than 1 set of the Monographs or individual volumes, please contact sarah@amati.com with your requirements.

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Amati would like to contact you about the 2015 monograph books, events, services and other offers that might interest you. By submitting this form you are indicating your consent to receive communication from us by email unless you have indicated an objection to receiving such communication by ticking the box.

If you have any enquiries please call 020 7099 7114 or write to Amati Instruments Limited, Pant y Goitre House, Llanvair Kilgeddin, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 9BB.
If you wish to cancel your subscription please email info@amati.com stating your order number, date of purchase and contact information. If you wish to return an item and request a full refund please contact us within 30 days from the purchased date. Any product you return must be in the same condition as you received it.

Usk Publishing Limited is a limited liability company incorporated in England and Wales, (No. 8120215). Registered address Scodie Deyong LLP, 4 Prince Albert Road, London, NW1 7SN.

The Amati Box


Step 1
Prepare inserts


Step 2
Add base insert into box


Step 3
Place violin onto base insert


Step 4
Add top insert into box

We've spent many months producing what we hope is a simple, strong and efficient way of shipping violins. Our packaging technology uses a strong yet resilient film which suspends the instrument, protecting it from shock and vibration whilst being shipped.

A sample box and instrument has undergone formal ISTA testing, concluding 'Upon opening the shipping container after testing no damage was found anywhere on the product, insert or inside of the outer carton. After a thorough visual inspection the Suspension solution has been found to have protected the product from damage during the pre-shipment transit cycle, and could continue to protect from damage should further impacts occur.'

Please note it is usual practice for the bridge to be taken down when preparing an instrument for shipping.

Box Dimensions and Weight:
Weight: 1.95kg
Height: 19cm
Length: 74cm
Width: 34cm

Plain, unbranded bags are also available.

To order boxes please email sarah@amati.com

Amati Accessories

Product information and pricing coming soon.