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!

Vintage Joh Bapt Schweitzer Amati Pestini 1813 4 4 Violin
Vintage Joh Bapt Schweitzer Amati Pestini 1813 4 4 Violin
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ANTIQUE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MANTLE CARVING STRADIVARI GUARNERI AMATI LUTHIER
ANTIQUE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MANTLE CARVING STRADIVARI GUARNERI AMATI LUTHIER
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Amati Style Slim Violin Advanced T19+ violinfit Aubert bridge clear tone
Amati Style Slim Violin Advanced T19+ violinfit Aubert bridge clear tone
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 VIOLIN OUTFIT USED
AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 VIOLIN OUTFIT USED
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
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Label says Copy of Nicholas Amati Made in Germany 23 inches  4 4 violin
Label says Copy of Nicholas Amati Made in Germany 23 inches 4 4 violin
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Vintage Joh Bapt Schweitzer Amati Pestini 1813 4 4 Violin
Vintage Joh Bapt Schweitzer Amati Pestini 1813 4 4 Violin
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Copy of Antonio Amati 4 4 Violin All European Wood Masters level CQ7155
Copy of Antonio Amati 4 4 Violin All European Wood Masters level CQ7155
$359.00
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BEAUTIFUL Italian Amati Model 4 4 Violin 1 Piece Back OUTSTANDING TONE
BEAUTIFUL Italian Amati Model 4 4 Violin 1 Piece Back OUTSTANDING TONE
$700.00
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Nicely flamed old Violin NR Andreas Amati
Nicely flamed old Violin NR Andreas Amati
$299.00
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4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST3
4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST3
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Amati Antonio Stradivari 1703 Violin NEW PRICE
Amati Antonio Stradivari 1703 Violin NEW PRICE
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4 4 Professional Bird Eye Violin Amati Antiqued model 901
4 4 Professional Bird Eye Violin Amati Antiqued model 901
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4 4 Professional Bird Eye Violin Amati Antiqued model VN 5
4 4 Professional Bird Eye Violin Amati Antiqued model VN 5
$999.99
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John Schweitzer Amati 1813 Old antique
John Schweitzer Amati 1813 Old antique
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Nicolus Amati 1670 Violin ModelHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish Old Spruce109
Nicolus Amati 1670 Violin ModelHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish Old Spruce109
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Nicolus Amati 1670 Violin ModelHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish Old Spruce111
Nicolus Amati 1670 Violin ModelHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish Old Spruce111
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4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST2
4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST2
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4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST4
4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST4
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Nicolus Amati 1670 Violin ModelHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish Old Spruce109
Nicolus Amati 1670 Violin ModelHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish Old Spruce109
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Nicolus Amati 1670 Violin ModelHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish Old Spruce111
Nicolus Amati 1670 Violin ModelHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish Old Spruce111
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Vecchio Harrison Violin 090 Geige Amati Antique style 354mm Ship fr US No Tax
Vecchio Harrison Violin 090 Geige Amati Antique style 354mm Ship fr US No Tax
$40.00 (3 Bids)
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4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST5
4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST5
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Master 4 4 violin Amati 1566 model antique old style no 1152 8
Master 4 4 violin Amati 1566 model antique old style no 1152 8
$249.00
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Superb 4 4 violin German Amati style Visually and Tonally Stunning
Superb 4 4 violin German Amati style Visually and Tonally Stunning
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4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST1
4 4 size violin Amati Model old antique style very nice sound ST1
$99.00
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Amati Heberlein 4 4 Violin Outfit
Amati Heberlein 4 4 Violin Outfit
$595.00
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amati Am35vn12 Halfmounted Brazilwood 1 2 size Violin bow
amati Am35vn12 Halfmounted Brazilwood 1 2 size Violin bow
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Beautiful old Violin NR Concert Violin Amati branding
Beautiful old Violin NR Concert Violin Amati branding
$749.00
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Rare Vintage Antique 1901 Nikolaus Amati De Durro Violin with Accessories
Rare Vintage Antique 1901 Nikolaus Amati De Durro Violin with Accessories
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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.