There are three essential points of difference between Guarneri and Stradivari.
It may be asked, then, if not from Stradivari, from whom did Guarneri receive instruction?
He has made a very large number of copies of Stradivari and Guarneri, chiefly of the former, which are also the best.
He "spots" a back on an old fiddle, in which he sees Guarneri in embryo; he secures it.
Made several copies of Guarneri, many of which are excellent.
The pattern is not a copy of Guarneri, as often stated, but thoroughly original.
The sound-hole partakes more of the character of Guarneri; the scroll is larger, and the turns bolder than in the Stradivari form.
His copies of Guarneri are most numerous, numbering some hundreds.
Little did Andrea imagine that he was destined to be the means of lifting his patronymic of Guarneri to such a giddy height!
The Guarneri Violins that he possessed were of a very high class.