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The Messiah is considered the greatest surviving Stradivari violin by most leading experts, and this replica truly lives up to its heritage. Thickness graduation maps of the "Messiah" violin show similar characteristics to those of the Betts (1704), Cremonese (1715), Tuscan-Medici (1716), and other Golden Age Stradivarius violins. Top plates are generally thin (2-3 mm), with the thickest areas (3-4 mm) occurring between the c-bouts and the f-holes. Back plates have a central concentric zone of greatest thickness (4-5 mm), in which the center of thickness lies distinctly left of the centerline in the Cremonese, Tuscan-Medici, and Kashininov violins. The thickness pattern on the back of the Messiah violin is almost identical to that of the Cremonese violin, including asymmetrical center of thickness points located more than 30 mm left of center.
Reproductions of the 1716 Messiah are available in the STV 750, 850, 950 and 1500 models by Scott Cao. All models of Scott Cao Violins are professionally setup and ready to play. Click here to learn more about the differences between the Scott Cao violin models.
Scott Cao 1716 Messiah Measurements:
|Back Construction:||Two Piece|
|Body Length:||35.5 cm|
|Upper Bout:||16.75 cm|
|Center Bout:||10.83 cm|
|Lower Bout:||20.8 cm|