Johnson String regularly acquires exceptional antique instruments as well as instruments by award-winning contemporary makers. Below are this month's featured instruments available for purchase, home trial, or as an outfit.
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About Piero Parravicini
Piero Parravicini, 1889-1957 Bovisio, Milan Italy was a pupil of R. Antoniazzi and worked for Monzino in Milan 1924-1925. This award-winning maker received medals from Rome 1925 and 1929, Cremona 1949, and Rome 1954. His work is fine and disciplined on classical Italian models and his cellos and double basses are extremely well-regarded. Piero Parravicini is credited with 600 violins, 10 violas, 12 cellos, and 3 double basses.
About This Violin
This beautiful violin from Bovisio (Milan) sounds open, bold, and clear. It is easy to play with a quick response, good measurements and a comfortable neck. The bass is supported and broad, and the upper registers ring freely. The instrument is ideal for those players pursuing a professional career.
Piero Parravicini violin, Bovisio 1952
Shaded golden-orange varnish. 357mm
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About Benjamin Ruth
Benjamin Ruth graduated from the Violin Making School of America and went on to received advanced training with Rene Morel at Jacques Francais Rare Violins from 1979 to 1982. In 1989, after opening a shop in his native Philadelphia, Mr. Ruth joined Reuning & Son Violins in Ithaca, New York, specializing in restorations. He remained in Ithaca to concentrate on making violins after Reuning & Son moved to Boston in 1994.
His instruments have been recognized at the Violin Society of American competitions where he has won numerous awards and medals over the years. He has won two gold medals in a VSA international competition and has received a top prize for tone at a British Violin Making Association competition. In 2010 he served as a judge for the VSA competition.
About This Viola
Benjamin Ruth, 2014 recipient of the "hors concours" at the Violin Society of America competition, makes violas that combine the finest Cremonese and Brescian traditions with a modern sensitivity to viola ergonomics and ease of play. This instrument is sweet and rich in the upper registers and warm and open with excellent projection on the low strings.
16 3/8 Benjamin Ruth viola no. 246, Boston 2012
Red-orange varnish. 416mm
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About James Brown
James Brown (1786-1860) was a pupil and assistant to the celebrated English maker Thomas Kennedy in the early 19th century.
About This Cello
This rare cello, which has survived in pristine condition, is easy to play with the nuanced sound required for top-level orchestral playing.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Reuning & Son Violins.
James Brown cello, London circa 1800. Unlabeled.
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About This Bass
This beautiful German bass is gamba shaped with a round back. It has a full, rich tone and is easy to play.
3/4 German bass ca. 1955
round back, golden brown varnish