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Founded in 2003 as a public registry of iconography, provenance and pricing information for historical stringed instruments, Cozio encompasses over 30,000 individual instruments and bows by over 2,500 makers. It is also the most comprehensive online source for maker biographies and provenance information, and contains over 50,000 historical auction prices.

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Copying the best of Cremona: a brief survey, part 2

As the passion for Cremona spread across Europe, a huge range of imitations sprang up, from instruments inspired by the masters, to direct copies and outright forgeries

By Dmitry Gindin

During the 18th century the majority of violin makers across Europe had followed Amati or Stainer, with only a handful pioneering Stradivari’s models. By 1800, however, there was a clear trend towards adopting the forms of both Stradivari and Guarneri...