"A more characteristic example of this maker's work it would be difficult to meet with. It seems to exhibit all the little points and features of detail which have been noticed by judges as being peculiar to or indicative of Guadagnini's handiwork. The lower holes of the f's are of the oval or pear shape which has been identified with muchof J. B.'s work; and there is the pronounced arch or sweep of the upper turns which is seen in the soundholes of perhaps the majority of the maker's fiddles, though it is by no means always there. . . . The boss of the scroll shews the usual marks of the points of the compass round its edges. This is another Guadagnini characteristic. . ."
Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Towry Piper, The Strad, 1918, London