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!

Nice viola 16 Amati model in white flamed maple wood back  spruce top no1028
Nice viola 16 Amati model in white flamed maple wood back spruce top no1028
$259.00
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Excellent 16 viola Amati model old antique style Baroque style viola
Excellent 16 viola Amati model old antique style Baroque style viola
$350.00
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Beautiful Old German Violin Anton Jais Rare Amati
Beautiful Old German Violin Anton Jais Rare Amati
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Amati FEATHERLITE14 Case For 1 4 Size Violin
Amati FEATHERLITE14 Case For 1 4 Size Violin
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Amati FEATHERLITE34 Violin Case For 3 4 Size Violin
Amati FEATHERLITE34 Violin Case For 3 4 Size Violin
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Amati KFVIOLIN34 KF Thermoplastic Violin Case For 3 4 Violin
Amati KFVIOLIN34 KF Thermoplastic Violin Case For 3 4 Violin
$54.99
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Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4578 Great projection
Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4578 Great projection
$329.00
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ANTIQUE ANDREAS AMATI TIGER WOOD FULL BACK 4 4 VIOLIN MADE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA
ANTIQUE ANDREAS AMATI TIGER WOOD FULL BACK 4 4 VIOLIN MADE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA
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VIOLIN Nicolaus Amati Copy 4 4 size Germany 1900s
VIOLIN Nicolaus Amati Copy 4 4 size Germany 1900s
$526.99
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1920 Adolph Adler Amati Violin Dresden Germany w Bausch German Bow
1920 Adolph Adler Amati Violin Dresden Germany w Bausch German Bow
$58.90 (3 Bids)
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OLD GERMAN AMATI VIOLIN RUDOLF HOFFMANN VIDEO ANTIQUE VIOLINO   056
OLD GERMAN AMATI VIOLIN RUDOLF HOFFMANN VIDEO ANTIQUE VIOLINO 056
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Old Antique 1880 French C D MIREMONT AMATI Violin 4 4 size
Old Antique 1880 French C D MIREMONT AMATI Violin 4 4 size
$499.99
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Amati MODEL302 4 4 Violin Outfit Sandner Model 302
Amati MODEL302 4 4 Violin Outfit Sandner Model 302
$299.00
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Amati KF Thermoplastic Violin Case For 1 2 Size Violin
Amati KF Thermoplastic Violin Case For 1 2 Size Violin
$54.99
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Amati FEATHERLITE12 Case For 1 2 Size Violin
Amati FEATHERLITE12 Case For 1 2 Size Violin
$39.99
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One piece back 4 4 size violin Amati model 1566 old antique style violin
One piece back 4 4 size violin Amati model 1566 old antique style violin
$249.00
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Antique Violin Andreas Amati Anno 16  for Restoration
Antique Violin Andreas Amati Anno 16 for Restoration
$100.00
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Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4582 Great projection
Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4582 Great projection
$329.00
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Old 1678 Nicolo Amati Cremona Violin Plans
Old 1678 Nicolo Amati Cremona Violin Plans
$49.77
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Old Violin 1666 Nicolaus Amati Plans
Old Violin 1666 Nicolaus Amati Plans
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Antique Old Nicolaus Amati Violin CopyHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish 109
Antique Old Nicolaus Amati Violin CopyHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish 109
$229.98
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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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VIOLIN AMATI WITH BOW AND CASE MADE IN GERMANY 35YEARS OLD
VIOLIN AMATI WITH BOW AND CASE MADE IN GERMANY 35YEARS OLD
$300.00
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Amati E 190 3 4 Scale Violin
Amati E 190 3 4 Scale Violin
$500.00
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Copy of Rogerius Bon Nicolai Amati Master Violin 5597 by Vecchio
Copy of Rogerius Bon Nicolai Amati Master Violin 5597 by Vecchio
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Antique Old Nicolaus Amati Violin CopyHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish 111
Antique Old Nicolaus Amati Violin CopyHandmade Antiqued Style Varnish 111
$219.98
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Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4587 Great projection
Nicolaus Amati 1670 Violin 4587 Great projection
$329.00
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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
$54.99
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Antique Hand Made Maple Violin Andrea Amati 1564 Charles IX Copy 4 4 Full Size
Antique Hand Made Maple Violin Andrea Amati 1564 Charles IX Copy 4 4 Full Size
$327.00
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VIOLIN 4 4 circa 1900 Labelled ANDREAS AMATI Anno 1646
VIOLIN 4 4 circa 1900 Labelled ANDREAS AMATI Anno 1646
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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.