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Several different models including Stradivari, del Gesu and GB Guadagnini. Four violins currently available from stock. 

The reason for using Stradivari and del Gesu models needs no explanation! GB Guadagnini violins are slightly smaller than most but can produce a very strong "fat" sound. 

(Left - copy of the "Betts" Strad)



Favorite models are Andrea Guarneri, "Conte Vitalli" and Stradivari "Gibson". The "Conte Vitalli" can be relied on to produce a warm characteristic viola voice.  The "Gibson", though very similar length has smaller shoulders and a generous waist making it easier to reach the high positions and feel smaller than it really is. The tone tends to be more focused but still with good depth.


(Left - copy of Andrea Guarneri, "Conte Vitalli")


Models used include Stradivari, Ruggieri, Montagnana and others. Favorite model is the Stradivari "Goore-Boothe". This model seems to always have balanced strength in all registers - a deep C and cutting A.

Three cellos currently available from stock.

(Left - Scroll, copy of Ruggieri)


Working on orders for several basses for orchestra principals and leading free-lance bassist. Models include copies of Vincenzo Panormo, Lott, Gasparo da Salo, and originals attributed to Nicolo Amati, Testori and Gagliano. 

George Stoppani is well known as a restorer of basses and has long experience of setup and tonal adjustments. 

(Left - copy of Vincenzo Panormo)

Period instruments

George Stoppani has made a great many instruments for Renaissance, Baroque and Classical playing. All details of fittings and stringing have been carefully researched. This is often done in collaboration with the customer to ensure that the final result is appropriate for the intended use.

Instruments made include viols, violins, violas, cellos, bass violins and assorted violones.

(Left - copy of anonymous small violone in the Brussels Museum)

Brothers Amati project 

George Stoppani, 6 Needham Avenue, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8AA  UK

Phone: +44 (0)161 860 7386 email: george@stoppani.co.uk

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