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!

Vtg Copy of Nikolaus Amati Germany Violin With Wooden Coffin Case 1 2 Size
Vtg Copy of Nikolaus Amati Germany Violin With Wooden Coffin Case 1 2 Size
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Vintage German Violin 19th Century Andreas Amati anno 1633 plus bow and case
Vintage German Violin 19th Century Andreas Amati anno 1633 plus bow and case
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 10 STUDENT VIOLIN
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 16 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 16 STUDENT VIOLIN
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 STUDENT VIOLIN
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 STUDENT VIOLIN
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 STUDENT VIOLIN
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AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 STUDENT VIOLIN
AMATI ARTISAN 1 8 STUDENT VIOLIN
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Maestro Bench Copy VG Nicol Amati 1649 Alard violin
Maestro Bench Copy VG Nicol Amati 1649 Alard violin
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Excellent violin 4 4 Amati model 1566 old antique style
Excellent violin 4 4 Amati model 1566 old antique style
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Old 1678 Nicolo Amati Cremona Violin Plans
Old 1678 Nicolo Amati Cremona Violin Plans
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Old Violin 1666 Nicolaus Amati Plans
Old Violin 1666 Nicolaus Amati Plans
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Violin Andreas Amati fecit
Violin Andreas Amati fecit
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Old Violin 1628 Nicolo Amati Cremona Plans
Old Violin 1628 Nicolo Amati Cremona Plans
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Thomas Krafft 4 4 Violin w Amati Oblong 4 4 Case and Dorfler Bow
Thomas Krafft 4 4 Violin w Amati Oblong 4 4 Case and Dorfler Bow
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4 4 white violin copy of Amati model 1566 flamed maple back  side  spruce top
4 4 white violin copy of Amati model 1566 flamed maple back side spruce top
$79.00
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4 4 white violin copy of Amati model 1566 flamed maple back  spruce top No 4
4 4 white violin copy of Amati model 1566 flamed maple back spruce top No 4
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Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4313 Great projection
Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4313 Great projection
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AMATI ARTISAN 4 4 VIOLIN w Extra Bow  Case
AMATI ARTISAN 4 4 VIOLIN w Extra Bow Case
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Amati 125 4 4 Violin Outfit
Amati 125 4 4 Violin Outfit
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4 4 Amati Model 100 Violin Outift
4 4 Amati Model 100 Violin Outift
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Amatis Fine Instruments Conservatory Model Violin w case and bow 4 4
Amatis Fine Instruments Conservatory Model Violin w case and bow 4 4
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VIOLIN GERMAN MADE AMATI CASEBOW VINTAGE
VIOLIN GERMAN MADE AMATI CASEBOW VINTAGE
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Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4318 Great projection
Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4318 Great projection
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Nicolaus Amati 1649 Violin 4242Excellent work
Nicolaus Amati 1649 Violin 4242Excellent work
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VINTAGE VIOLIN JOH BAPTSCHWEITER HIERONYMI AMATI PESTINI 1810
VINTAGE VIOLIN JOH BAPTSCHWEITER HIERONYMI AMATI PESTINI 1810
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Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4350 Great projection
Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4350 Great projection
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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.