Charles Jean Baptist Collin-Mezin Violin - pattern interpreted by GRS

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Charles Jean Baptist Collin-Mezin Violin - pattern interpreted by GRS

6,500.00

Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin (1841–1923) was a distinguished French maker of violins, violas, cellos, basses and bows. He was an Officier de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts and won gold and silver medals at the Paris Exhibitions in 1878, 1889, and 1900.

He was the son of luthier C. L. Collin, and father of Charles Collin-Mezin, Jr., also a luthier.

Born in Mirecourt, Collin-Mezin apprenticed with his father. Some sources say he worked for a period in the Brussels workshop of Nicolas-François Vuillaume.  In 1868 he moved to Paris where he established himself as one of the premier French luthiers of his day. His instruments were considered superior over other new violins.

Collin-Mezin was friends with influential people who helped popularize his instruments. He was also connected to musical luminaries of his day, whose opinions he sought out.

A number of famous violinists played on his instruments, and praised their quality and playability, including Joseph JoachimSivoriScott Tixier, Léonard, Marie Tayau, and Jules Armingaud, who considered a Collin-Mezin equal to a Stradivarius for flexibility of sound. The famous cellists Franchomme and Jacquard played on Collin-Mezins.

Source: Wikipedia

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Serial Number 

LI II 2014

Instrument

This violin is based on a pattern traced from a Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin violin.

Wood 

Top: European Spruce; 30-year air dried 2 piece; 1mm between rings; heavy bear claw" upper and lower left bouts.

Back: European Maple; air dried; cut in 1983; of medium flame; 2 piece

Varnish

Red/Brown; ground color tobacco; spirit fused with oils

Measurements 

Overall length:           58.3 cm                              Back length:                                35.7 cm    

Width upper back:          17 cm                           Rib HT at neck / end block:       28 mm / 30.5 mm

Width middle back:      11.3 cm                           Mensure (Stop):                            19.5 cm

Width lower back:     20.8 cm                             Vibrating string length:               32.6 cm

Neck length:                  13 cm                            Neck projection:                         28.5 cm

Distance between upper eyes of F-holes:         39.5 mm

Distance between lower eye and C-bout:             12 mm

Distance at center of sound hole to bass bar:  39.5 mm

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