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!

Amati MODEL302 4 4 Violin Outfit Sandner Model 302
Amati MODEL302 4 4 Violin Outfit Sandner Model 302
$299.00
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JON BAPT SCHWEITZER 4 4 VIOLIN VINTAGE AMATI 1814 PESTINI RESTORATION PROJECT
JON BAPT SCHWEITZER 4 4 VIOLIN VINTAGE AMATI 1814 PESTINI RESTORATION PROJECT
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Old 1678 Nicolo Amati Cremona Violin Plans
Old 1678 Nicolo Amati Cremona Violin Plans
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Very Old Violin Labeled  Nicoloi Amati  Andrea Hieronymus1667 for Repair
Very Old Violin Labeled Nicoloi Amati Andrea Hieronymus1667 for Repair
$300.00
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Amati E 190 3 4 Scale Violin
Amati E 190 3 4 Scale Violin
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Joh Bapt Schweitzer amati pestini 1814
Joh Bapt Schweitzer amati pestini 1814
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FINE OLD GERMAN AMATI VIOLIN see VIDEO ANTIQUE VIOLINO    369
FINE OLD GERMAN AMATI VIOLIN see VIDEO ANTIQUE VIOLINO 369
$574.00
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Violin 4 4 Labeled Joh Bapt Schweitzer Amati Pestini 1813
Violin 4 4 Labeled Joh Bapt Schweitzer Amati Pestini 1813
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AMATI THERMOPLASTIC 1 4 VIOLIN CASE
AMATI THERMOPLASTIC 1 4 VIOLIN CASE
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Amati Legacy 4 4 Violin Case
Amati Legacy 4 4 Violin Case
$129.00
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A very fine French violin made by Ch J B Collin Mezin very RARE Amati model
A very fine French violin made by Ch J B Collin Mezin very RARE Amati model
$3,700.00
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Antique Nicolaus Amati 4 4 Violin Czechoslovakia
Antique Nicolaus Amati 4 4 Violin Czechoslovakia
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Hand Made Full Size Baroque Violin After Amati by John V Speak Incredible
Hand Made Full Size Baroque Violin After Amati by John V Speak Incredible
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Amati 4 4 Violin with Case and Bow STUDENT VIOLIN
Amati 4 4 Violin with Case and Bow STUDENT VIOLIN
$295.00
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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
$69.99
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Amati AM200 4 4 Violin Case in Black
Amati AM200 4 4 Violin Case in Black
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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
$341.05
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Copy of Rogerius Bon Nicolai Amati Master Violin 6511 by Vecchio
Copy of Rogerius Bon Nicolai Amati Master Violin 6511 by Vecchio
$499.00
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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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Amati Antonio Stradivari 1703 Violin NEW PRICE
Amati Antonio Stradivari 1703 Violin NEW PRICE
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Old Violin 1666 Nicolaus Amati Violin Plans
Old Violin 1666 Nicolaus Amati Violin Plans
$39.77
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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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4 4 Professional Bird Eye Violin Amati Antiqued model 901
4 4 Professional Bird Eye Violin Amati Antiqued model 901
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Geige Violine Label Jo Bap Rogerius Bon Nicolai Amati de Cremona alumnus
Geige Violine Label Jo Bap Rogerius Bon Nicolai Amati de Cremona alumnus
$350.00
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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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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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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
$350.00
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ONE PCS BACK Amati Model Violin 0818 Charming Tone
ONE PCS BACK Amati Model Violin 0818 Charming Tone
$299.00
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Beautiful Old German Violin Anton Jais Rare Amati
Beautiful Old German Violin Anton Jais Rare Amati
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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.