"Ce violon est conçu d'apres le Guarneri del Gesù de Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) qui fut pendant une quinzaine d'années le modele Guarneri sur lequel Vuillaume travailla le plus."
violons, Vuillaume, edited by Rémy Campos, Violons, Vuillaume, Paris
"Charles Beare, of J. & A, Beare in London, tells of a del Gesu sale unwittingly sabotaged by Kreisler and the Vuillaume. A Wurlitzer customer had nearly decided to purchase a del Gesu offered by Wurlitzer, but returned it immediately after hearing Kreisler at a weekend concert. The customer told Wurlitzer that after hearing Kreisler play he realized that Kreisler's 1733 del Gesu was far superior to the one he was considering, and asked Wurlitzer to let him know when a better example came along. Wurlitzer subsequently mentioned the incident to Kreisler, who responded that for the concert in question he had not played the del Gesu. The Wurlitzer instrument had lost to the Vuillaume -- and to Kreisler's artistry!"
Alternating Voices, Michael Darnton, The Strad, January, 1987, London