Amati Violins

During the Italian Renaissance lived a man named Andreas Amati from the town of Cremona from Italy. In fact, it was Andreas Amati who founded the Cremonese School and put Cremona on the map, as the leading violin making capital of their time. Amati violins were used as the benchmark for many of the best violins during the Italian Renaissance, until today.  Check out these violins on Ebay right now!

Fine and interesting around 300 years old violin after Amati for restoration
Fine and interesting around 300 years old violin after Amati for restoration
$3,500.00 (60 Bids)
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Amati E 190 3 4 Scale Violin
Amati E 190 3 4 Scale Violin
$400.00
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Amatis Fine Instruments by Violmaster 14 Antonio Model Violin w Case
Amatis Fine Instruments by Violmaster 14 Antonio Model Violin w Case
$99.00
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Nice sound 4 4 violin Amati model excellent handcraft AM1
Nice sound 4 4 violin Amati model excellent handcraft AM1
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Old Violin 1628 Nicolo Amati Cremona Plans
Old Violin 1628 Nicolo Amati Cremona Plans
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Ametis Fine Instruments Model Amati Size 4 4 Violmaster Violin
Ametis Fine Instruments Model Amati Size 4 4 Violmaster Violin
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Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin Copy 4 4 Handmade Antiqued Style Varnish Only One584
Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin Copy 4 4 Handmade Antiqued Style Varnish Only One584
$209.98
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Amati Violin w Case
Amati Violin w Case
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Amati 306 Artisan 4 4 Violin Outfit
Amati 306 Artisan 4 4 Violin Outfit
$350.00
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Antique 1903 copy of Amati 695 VIOLIN full size Fiddle coffin case
Antique 1903 copy of Amati 695 VIOLIN full size Fiddle coffin case
$249.00
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Used Nicholas Amati violin model
Used Nicholas Amati violin model
$265.00
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Best quality 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 flamed maple back 1566A
Best quality 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 flamed maple back 1566A
$299.00
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Violin in white 4 4 size Amati 1566 model
Violin in white 4 4 size Amati 1566 model
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Violin Best white 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 one piece back no3
Violin Best white 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 one piece back no3
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Violin Best white 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 one piece back no2
Violin Best white 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 one piece back no2
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Violin Best white 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 no H 5 unvarnished violin
Violin Best white 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 no H 5 unvarnished violin
$190.00
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AMATI THERMOPLASTIC 1 4 VIOLIN CASE
AMATI THERMOPLASTIC 1 4 VIOLIN CASE
$54.99
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Amati Legacy 4 4 Violin Case
Amati Legacy 4 4 Violin Case
$129.00
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Hil Lytle Violin Graduated Amati Old Time Fiddle with Coda Diamond Bow
Hil Lytle Violin Graduated Amati Old Time Fiddle with Coda Diamond Bow
$825.00
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New white violin copy of Amati model 1566
New white violin copy of Amati model 1566
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Best quality 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 flamed maple back NO6
Best quality 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 flamed maple back NO6
$239.00
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Best quality 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 flamed maple back NO5
Best quality 4 4 violin Amati model 1566 flamed maple back NO5
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JON BAPT SCHWEITZER FECIT AT FORMAN HEIRONYM AMATI PESTINI 1813 VIOLIN
JON BAPT SCHWEITZER FECIT AT FORMAN HEIRONYM AMATI PESTINI 1813 VIOLIN
$1,800.00
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Old 1678 Nicolo Amati Cremona Violin Plans
Old 1678 Nicolo Amati Cremona Violin Plans
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4 4 Violin in white Amati 1566 model NO4
4 4 Violin in white Amati 1566 model NO4
$149.00
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Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin Copy 4 4 Handmade Antiqued Style Varnish Only One381
Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin Copy 4 4 Handmade Antiqued Style Varnish Only One381
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A very fine old Italian certified violin by Dom Nicolo Amati ca1745
A very fine old Italian certified violin by Dom Nicolo Amati ca1745
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STRAD AMATI GUARNERI Three Masters POSTER Library of Congress RARE
STRAD AMATI GUARNERI Three Masters POSTER Library of Congress RARE
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Elegant Full Sized Violin and Case 4 4
Elegant Full Sized Violin and Case 4 4
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Amati KF Thermoplastic ABS Violin Case for 4 4 Full Size Violin
Amati KF Thermoplastic ABS Violin Case for 4 4 Full Size Violin
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Andreas Amati started out in the fifteen hundreds and gained popularity and acclaim because he was commissioned by the king of France, King Charles IX, to make instruments for his court. Amati’s violins stood out because they were aesthetically pleasing and followed great geometric principles. Andreas Amati had two sons named Antonio and Girolamo. They were following the footsteps of their father Andreas and went into the violin making business as well. They were also quite popular and they were able to perfect the shape of the violins’ f-holes.

The grandson of Andreas Amati, named Nicolaus Amati, was also a gifted violin maker, and his popularity even exceeded that of his grandfathers. He was responsible for creating the famous “Grand Amati”, a violin which inspired other great violin makers, such as Antonio Stradivari, to follow the Amati style. Trademarks of the Grand Amati violin are its size, which was quite large, its longer corners, huge scrolls and elegant varnish. The arches of the violins were also quite high. What was lacking however in these violins, were the wonderful sound quality that was later on developed by other great luthiers from the Cremonese School. Girolamo Amati is the son of Nicolaus Amati, and was able to improve on some of the aspects of his father’s work.

Another “graduate” of the Cremonese School is Antonio Stradivari. Stradivari is one of the most popular violin makers and is said to be the best that has ever lived. He was trained by Nicolaus Amati himself. Stradivari was a perfectionist in his craft, and did not have to ever worry about making money as he was very rich on his own. When Stradivari started out, he was greatly inspired by the Grand Amati in style and construction. He modified it slightly though to make it look flatter in the arching. It was during the middle period of his career that he started to make his own style, where the violins had graceful f-holes, really flat arching, and his characteristic shiny varnish. Because his violins looked so slender and long, they were nick named Long Pattern violins. Other great violin makers who were inspired by Amati violins were Francesco Ruggieri, Jean Batiste Grancino, Andreas Guarnerius and Sanctus Seraphino.

There are many original Amati violins that still exist today and can be observed on display in some museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, or at the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota. Their collections include the violins of Andreas, Girolamo and Nicolo Amati. There are some private collectors as well. Because of the value that is given to Amati violins, they sell for hundreds of thousand of dollars at auctions today.