Justin White Violin and Guitar Maker

Maker of violins and guitars, modern and historical

Violin, Viola and Cello

My violins, violas and cellos are made in the style of the Cremonese masters. The models are derived from careful study of original instruments and construction forms. They follow the original designs in the outlines, f holes, scrolls and arching, as well as the thicknessing of the front and back plates.

At present I offer the following models:

Stradivari PG form

Stradivari P form

Stradivari B form or "Long Pattern

Guarneri del Jesu

Nicolo Amati Grand Pattern

Jacob Stainer 

Stradivari pattern viola

Stradivari B form cello

Stradivari B piccola form cello (narrow body)

 

Violins: $3000

 

Stradivari "PG" form 

This pattern was one of the most used in the Stradivari workshop and is represented by such great instruments as the 1709 “Viotti” and 1716 “Messiah”. The pattern shows the influence of Nicolo Amati in its smooth curves but its dimensions are enlarged and the arching is flatter and more powerful than the Amati style.

 

 

Stradivari "P" form

This model is similar in dimensions to the PG form, but has a slightly squarer outline in the upper and lower bouts. The scroll is also more slender than the PG form. This pattern corresponds to instruments such as the 1713 “Hubermann, 1715 “Titian” and 1721 “Kruse”. 

  

 

Stradivari B form "Long Pattern"

Exemplified by instruments such as the ex "Muir MacKenzie" and the superb "Harrison" this pattern was used in the 1690s and shows a heavy influence of Nicolo Amati's designs. However, Stradivari enlarged Amati's pattern by lengthening the lower bout substantially (the body measures around 362mm in length). The result is a long slender body with the smooth lover Stradivari style arching. 


 

 

Guarneri "Del Gesu" Model Violin 

This model is based principally on the 1735 “Plowden” violin. The outline is slightly smaller than the Stradivari patterns, but a little wider in the waist. The arching on this instrument is full and the f holes are smooth and elegant. 

 

 

 

Nicolo Amati Grand Pattern

The largest pattern Nicolo Amati worked with, although still smaller than the instrument designs of Stradivari. This is characterised by the high, rounded arching and the smooth flowing outline and f holes. The sound is rich but still powerful.

 

Jacob Stainer

This violin model is intended as a Baroque violin, but can be made with a modern neck setup. It is based on a Jacob Stainer violin from 1679 that remains in its original condition (i.e. has not been modernised) and therefore represents a more accurate reproduction of a baroque setup. The neck length is 130mm but the body stop (edge to bridge position) is 190mm, yielding a slightly shorter string length.

 

 

Viola: $3500

The viola model is based principally on the "Gibson" Stradivarius of 1734. It has a body length of 415mm and a neck length of 148mm.

 

 

 

 

Cello: $6000

Stradivari B form

This is the most successful cello pattern from the Stradivari workshop, corresponding to such famous instruments as the 'Duport" and 'Davidiov' cellos. It is considered the standard cello pattern in modern times. (Shown in baroque setup)

 

  

Stradivari B piccola form

This was an innovative pattern that Stradivari worked with late in his career, with only a small number of instruments built from it. However, it is a very successful pattern. The most famous example being the 'De Munck' cello played by the great Emanuel Feuermann. The body is narrowed somewhat from the B form but the overall length and playing setup are similar. The result is a cello that feels much easier to hold and play, particularly in the higher positions.