Although the Betts workshop is known to have employed several violin makers, this violin is most likely to have been made by John Betts himself.
"John Betts, No. 2 North Piazza, Royal Exchange London 1792"
Marked in ink, "Retabli Soigneusement Par J. A. Mann 1868"
The front is made from fairly wide grain spruce with a delightful tightly flamed one-piece back. Matching ribs.
It has a one-piece lower rib marked by a gouge mark cut beneath the end pin.
Unlike earlier violins from the Betts workshop this violin is unbranded.
Plentiful original red tinged varnish throughout - hardly any wear, practically mint condition.
Original neck/scroll - neck built up at root, although the button has been pinned. Linings and blocks made from pine. Well repaired f hole crack.
Delightful precise work.
Magnificent condition. Has been in the same family for the last 100 years.
Suitable for professional players.
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