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gibson

This instrument was probably assembled by Antonio Stradivari’s trembling hand in 1734, when he was ninety years old, and yet his skilled workmanship and artistic vitality make it an instrument of exceptional timbre and beauty. It is presumed to be his final contralto viola and is smaller than his tenor violas. It says more about the master and his work than the most valuable instruments from his “golden period”. The Gibson really stands out due to its absolute perfection and its excellent condition after more than 250 years. This jewel of an instrument is named after the Englishman George Alfred Gibson (1849-1924), who was Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy, a famous soloist, and also the viola player in the famous “Joachim Quartet”, in which he played this very instrument.


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