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John Betts

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.

 

Labelled:

"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.

 

LOB: 355mm

 

Suitable for professional players.

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