"Charles [Beare] told me that the violin, except for the scroll, was unquestionably the work of Cremonese master Lorenzo Storioni and that the instrument, probably made in the 1780s, was originally a small viola, so small that either Storioni himself or a later violinmaker decided to cut it down to violin size . . . .
Several weeks later, Jacques Francais served up an identical opinion but in addition made me an offer I ultimately could not refuse. Jacques explained that he had a del Gesù without its original scroll and that in his opinion I had a del Gesù scroll without . . . Here he stopped in midsentence. 'Excuse me, mon ami.' Jacques disappeared into the back of his shop and emerged moments later with a small Storioni viola scroll, which matched my instrument astonishingly well in both color and proportion. He contended that this was very possibly the violin;s original scroll, separated for profit years earlier by an unscrupulous dealer working in what amounted to a violin chop shop. "
Violin Dreams, Violin Dreams, New York