The Plowden Guarneri is unmatched in wood, varnish, and style. The elegant f-holes are refined in execution and moderate in style, but show the sweeping lines associated with Guarneri's mature work. The purfling is substantial, with a wider white then typical for Guarneri, and well formed "bee sting" miters. The scroll has crisp, faceted carving and deep sculpting. The color-varnish is thick and intensely colored, and lies relatively close to the wood, unlike later period Guarneris, which often have a thick clear coat under the color varnish. The spectacular one-piece back has deep, wide and very slanted flames.
The Plowden is a remarkably seductive violin to play, and while not as obviously powerful as the Titian Strad, it has a compellingly smooth and dark sound, quick response, and a buttery feel. The low and flat top arching coupled with a low bass bar gives this violin great depth and ease of response.
Reproductions of the 1735 Plowden are available in the STV 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 Plowden Measurements:
|Back Construction:||One Piece|
|Body Length:||35.1 cm|
|Upper Bout:||16.4 cm|
|Center Bout:||10.8 cm|
|Lower Bout:||20.4 cm|
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