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A ventral pin is clearly visible in the back of this c.1560 Andrea Amati violin


As a ventral pin lover, I was delighted to read the great article on Jacob Stainer (‘Reviewing the Situation’, April 2019).

Contrary to what can be seen in the Cremonese system, the violin featured contains a remarkable five pins. The same number can also be found in a 1679 violin by the Germanborn, Turin-based Enrico Catenar (see The Strad, May 1998). The work of Catenar, a contemporary of Amati and Stainer, shows strong evidence of their influence.

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About The Strad

We talk to the members of the Belcea Quartet and ask why more young people are turning to period performance. Students of Kató Havas pay tribute to the late violin teacher, and there’s a look at asymmetric instruments. Plus a Mendelssohn Masterclass and Renaud Capuçon’s Life Lessons.