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For Sale: Antique Geronimo Barnabetti c. 1900 One-piece back with Bold, Dark Tone

Posted By: fiddlingfool (+1) | Rate Member
 Member 9+ Years  Returns allowed with money back refund

$1,750 USD

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This fine antique French violin was made in the renowned Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy workshops circa 1900. The violin was created as part of the "Geronimo Barnabetti" series, which represented the best of their catalog. The top is made of two parts of a beautiful spruce, with regular grain lines widening towards the edges. The gorgeous back is a wonderful single piece of highly flamed maple, the curl descending from the left to the right. The ribs, neck and head are of the same maple, and all original. The traditional orange-brown colored varnish is entirely original and in amazingly perfect condition for its age.

The violin has been entirely revised and professionally set-up, including new rosewood heart-shaped pegs, a new rosewood tailpiece, chinrest, endpin, and a Despiau bridge. Thomastik Dominant strings. The violin is in an excellent condition, with just 3 worm holes on ribs and one on the neck of no concern.

On the inside back can be found the original label, "JTL, Géronimo Barnabetti, Paris". On the opposite side near the sound post one finds the fire branded letter "B", indicating that this instrument was considered among the best of the Barnabetti range. The violin is guaranteed 100% original and authentic.

Total length: 23 1/2" (Full-size)
Body length : 14 1/8"
Upper bouts : 6 1/4".
Lower bouts : 8".

The violin has a beautiful mature and deep sound, deep, with a lot of projection, easy to play and responsive, that will be a concert wonder.
This is the fifth Barnabetti I have owned - yes, I am a huge fan of this model - and it is the cleanest example of the workshop's reliably high quality craftsmanship. These violins routinely sell in the $3K-4K on the west coast.

The tone practically jumps out of the body, with a strong, dark, woody bottom end and a powerful, yet sweet upper register. It will be heard in a jam setting and the action makes it a pleasure to play. It is ideal for traditional genres like bluegrass, old-time, country, and western swing, but should also serve the classical soloist well. It will not disappoint.


United States, Nyc, NY


50.00 to Continental USA

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Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

Additional return policy details: Violin must be shipped and insured by buyer, and returned in the same condition as when it was received.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition




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