First violin of the Paganini Quartet. The quartet loaned as a set to the Tokyo Quartet 1995-2013; the Hagen Quartet 2013-2017; and the Quartetto di Cremona 2017-
Previously the quartet was played by the Paganini Quartet (1946-1966) and the Cleveland Quartet (1982-1995)
Nippon Music Foundation
Nicolo Paganini was so thrilled by the tone quality of this violin that he declared, "This violin has a tone as big as a double bass; never will I part with it as long as I live." He never did.
Cozio's notes: "July 1817. Sold to Professor Nicolò Paganini of Genoa through Sir Carlo Carli of Milan. Printed label with seal as above: anno 1724. Round, strong and warm voice, but still internal. Larger than the usual model. Pale yellowish varnish. Back, sides and neck are made with beautiful open flame. Two-piece back, two-piece top with wide grain. Larger model, low arching both on the back and on the top. Good purfling work, and the F-holes are well made. The neck has been raised by G.B. Guadagnini. Intact, with a small crack on the right hand side of the top, near the tailpiece. It is worth 130 zecchini." (p. 218)
Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Baltimore