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ViolinBridges Book

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Violin Bridges Hardback Book

A photographic journey celebrating wonderful encounters with great violin bridges.

This beautiful, truly unique book, is a must have for all violin makers, restorers, players, dealers and enthusiasts. A continuation of 14 years of research into violin bridges from around the world www.violinbridges.co.uk.

Chapter 1 – The master luthiers.

Chapter 2 – The interesting and unusual.

21cm x 21cm x 2cm: 1kg

Trade and multiple copy orders welcome.

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Now with Free measurements download companion.

STATUS UPDATE – READY TO SHIP.

Strad Review 2021

New Book: Violin Bridges, by Gerard V KilBride

Bridges are funny things; there is room for originality and individuality, but only up to a point. That’s what makes it so interesting to see the bridges that other makers and restorers have carved. Every violin shop has a drawer of bridges pulled from old violins. Shops save them as reference and as mementos of old shops and competitors, but most collections accumulate by chance and are often limited to bridges from nearby shops with only a few distant ones represented.

The best bridge drawer I know of is the virtual one living since 2004 at https://violinbridge.co.uk, where you can see examples of over 1,000 bridges from shops around the world displayed in clear, oversized photos, accompanied by measurements of their critical dimensions. Violin maker Gerard V KilBride has spent the last two decades actively soliciting contributions from across the globe and has gathered a fine and unmatched collection. I visit the site often just to see the bridges other makers have carved, and often recommend the site to new workers to see examples of what they should be doing. But I have always feared that this valuable resource might eventually disappear from the ever-ephemeral web (there’s no sign of that happening, I should add). I feel much more at ease now that the best of that collection is available in book form: Violin Bridges by KilBride.

It would be fair to say the collection spans about 200 years and includes the most famous shops of the past. There’s an early Betts shop bridge, six from Withers, three from the Hill shop, a couple from the Chanot shops, and others of note for anyone looking for examples from the old masters. A broad selection of modern makers and shops are included as well, and there are a few quirky examples, including one old bridge apparently pressed from an aluminum sheet.

KilBride’s self-published 215-page book features the same large photos that appear on his website in a “best-of” selection, one bridge per 21 cm square page. The book is a class act—hard cover, sewn binding, thick pages with semi-gloss printing—and the experience of reading it is every bit as satisfying as the original onscreen experience, missing only the measurements. Recent decades have brought many excellent violin photo books to our libraries, but none like this unique project has given us, and I would have doubted that there would ever be another like it, except that the author notes in his introduction that he’s already started work on Book 2. The current volume is available directly from the author at https://gerardkilbride.com for 50 GBP plus shipping.

 

Bridges from

A.J.WARRICK  A. EISENSTEIN & SON.N.Y.  A.K.RILEY  A.K.RILEY E. WITHERS. LONDON  ALBERT CLAUDOT ANDREA ORTONA VENEZIA  ATELIER RAST ZÜRICH  AYRES M/CR BARRY TALYOR  BEIN & FUSHI CHICAGO  BENOÎT CHARON – VIOLA  BERND MÜSING  BETTS – VIOLA  BRADFORD B. DORIAN  BRUCE CARR  CAROLINE CROWLEY  CRANSTON WORKSHOP  C. GIVENS MPLS STEPHAN FÜRST  CASA DEL SOL – VIOLA  Ch LANDON A PARIS CHANOT & CHARDON PARIS – VIOLA  CHRISTIAN BOYER RENNES  CHRISTIAN URBITA  COLIN R. CROSS COLLIN MEZIN PARIS  CW – CURT WUNDERLICH DETROIT-VIOLA  C. BISIACH FIRENZE  D.M. KESSLERS

D.VLUMMENS  DANIEL SCHRANZ  DANIELE SCALFI  DARNTON & HERSH DARNTON & HERSH – VIOLA  DOLLIN & DAINES  DUPUY A PARIS  E.THOMSON  E. WITHERS LONDON  E. WITHERS. LONDON – VIOLA  E.WITHERS. LONDON  E.WITHERS. LONDON  E.WITHERS. LONDON  EALING STRINGS – VIOLA  EALING STRINGS  ERIBERTO ATTILA ROMA  ETIENNE VATELOT PARIS  F. BAUMSARTNER JR BASEL  F. TARANTINIO – MILANO  F.W.CHANOT  FELLER & FUREYS – S.F – VIOLA  FRANKE LEIPZIG  FRANKE STUTTGART  G.A. CHANOT VIOLIN MAKER MANCHESTER  FRIEDRICH CLEVELAND  G. GUICCIARDI  G. TAUSCHER WINTERTHUR  G.RAABS BUBENREUTH – VIOLA  GAËL FRANCAIS NEW YORK

GEIGENBAU MACHOLD CHEMNITZ  GIO CARRESSI  GUIVIER LONDON  GUY TINEL À PARIS  H. G WÖRZ MÜNCHEN  HU JIALAI  HAMMA & CO STUTTGART  HAN SUNG KIM, JUNG WOO  HANS J. NEBEL  I BEHNKE BERLIN  IAN HIGHFIELD  IGOR MORODER – VERONA   IGOR MORODER A VERONA -VIOLA  IVAN LABUSSIERE  IVAN LABUSSIERE  J & A BEARE  J. BÜNNAGEL – KÖLN -VIOLA  J KRENN WIEN  JIA LAI . HU  J THIBOUVILLE – LY – VIOLA  J. CAMURAT A PARIS – VIOLA  JACQUES FUSTIER LYON  JOSEPH CHANOT  K. LEONHARDT -MÜNCHEN  KAREL VAVRA PRAGUE  KILBRIDE  L. MARTIN A ANGERS  LUCA PRIMON MILANO

LUCA PRIMON MILANO – VIOLA  LYON & HEALY A CHICAGO – VIOLA  MACHOLD  M A. SOUBEYRAN  M. A . WIENSTEIN ISRAEL- VIOLA  M.A. WEINSTEIN ISRAEL  M. KAUFMANN STUTTGART  M.GIEGER FRIBURG  MABY  MARK E. RUSSELL  MARK WOMACK  MARTIN GODLIMAN  MARTIN ANDREWS  MERLING KØBENHAVN  MILA STRNAD  MIRECOURT ATELIER A. MOINIER FRANCE – VIOLA  MORRIS BROTHERS  MORRIS & SMITH  MUSELET – HAUTIN  P BADALASSI – PISA  PETER BIDDULPH  P. LORANGE A MARSEILLE  P.BENEDEK, MÜNCHEN  P.E.ROTH  P.M.PARSONS  P.TACONNE – BORDEAUX  R QUENOIL A PARIS  R. B . GUASTALLA  R. REGAZZI

RAFAEL CARRABBA  RAFAEL CARREBBA  RALP MILES  ROBERTO REGAZZI – VIOLA  ROUGIER. Toulon  S. CONIA – CREMONA – VIOLA  S. SOULTANIAN – VIOLA  S.SOULTANIAN  SERGE BOYER – PARIS  T.J. WEST PERTH  THOMAS SMITH   TSCHU H. LEE  U W. MAECHLER VERONA  VAHAKN NIGOGOSIAN N.Y  VATELOT RAMPAL PARIS  VIAZ BROS NEW YORK  VIDOUDEZ GENEVE  W.E.HILL & SONS  W.H.LUFF  W.PASZEK  WARREN & SON  WILLAIM WEAVER  WM LEWIS & SONS  WM. MOENNIG & SON  YHF À PARIS  YHF A PARIS  ZENON W. PETESH  UNSTAMPED  A.CONTI – CESENA – VIOLA

A.G. GALEA  ANDREW BELLIS  ANGELO SPERZAGA CREMONA  BERNARD MILLANT A PARIS – VIOLA  B.KHANDEKAR  BLONDELET PARIS  C. MUSIL PRAHA – VIOLA  CAPELA PORTUGAL  CARLSON – CREMONA  COLLIN MEZIN  CONRAD HEREBLEIN  CONTRADA MUSICA  D. CAMARD. LYON  DAVID MICHIE. PHILADELPHIA  DELFOUR  DODD  F. SIMEONI – TREVISO  FRANCESCO TOTO CR – VIOLA  FRANCO GIRAUD  G. A SÖDERSTRÖM  GEORGE NEMES LONDON  GIOVANNI L ROSSI N.Y  GLEN A COLLINS  GORDON STEVENSON  HAWKES & SON MAKERS LONDON  IL LIUTO VENEZIA  J.P. GUIVIER & CO LONDON – VIOLA  KAI-THOMAS ROTH  LEV STRINKOVSKY  N. S. V. M  MAN – SING

MAX KREUZINGER  PAUL BICKLE  PAUL TOENNIGES  P.SERDET A PARIS R LANARO PADOVA  R. COLL MADRID  RUDOLF ISLER  RUSHWORTH & DREAPER LIVERPOOL- VIOLA  R D 360399  SCOTT SLEIDER.MILW. – VIOLA  S.SINORELLI  SØREN P SØRENSEN HORSENS  STARKER  T. GLEISLER PAT  V.H UNSWORTH  W & J . CHANOT  WM MOENNIG & SON  WURLITZER.  NEW-YORK

Published by Black Mountains Press 2020

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 36 × 24 × 3 cm

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