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NEWS: The Monograph Collection from J&A Beare and Amati

Amati and J & A Beare are joining forces to bring decades of stringed instrument expertise and new products to Cremona’s Mondomusica trade fair, from 26 to 28 September 2014. The two companies will be sharing a stand at the exhibition to launch a new set of monographs on major instruments.

Founded in 1892, J & A Beare is one of the most respected names in stringed instrument dealing, selling and repair, and the collaboration with Amati marks the first time that the company has exhibited at Mondomusica.

The Monograph Collection is a series of slim volumes, each dedicated to a single masterwork of the classical school of violin making. Each hard-backed volume will contain a detailed and thorough history, as well as a descriptive analytical text intended to show the technical and aesthetic merits of each instrument. The books will feature first-class professional photographs in both general portrait and fine-detail views, and include a thorough list of essential measurements.

The 1709 La Pucelle violin - The Monograph CollectionThe first set, due to be published in the autumn, will cover four exceptional instruments, including three by Stradivari – the 1689 ‘Archinto’ cello, the 1717 ‘Tyrrell’ violin and the 1709 ‘La Pucelle’ violin. The final instrument to complete the 2014 group is the 1659 ‘King’ Stainer violin. The books are written by respected luthier and stringed instrument expert John Dilworth, edited by John Milnes, with photography by Tucker Densley and Jan Röhrmann.

Instrument monographs of the past were printed in small numbers, and are now collector’s items of high value and rarity. It is hoped that The Monograph Collection will become a new and more widely available record of rare and beautiful instruments.

The first four books will be published together as a boxed set, after which the books will then be issued as a subscription order every three months.


written by David Kettle –