A scientific method for precisely determining
the age of the instruments

The INSTITUT FÜR HOLZBIOLOGIE of the University of Hamburg has begun an extensive study on
the instruments of the collection. Ten instruments have to date been analysed by Dr. Peter Klein and Dipl.-Holzwirt Micha Beuting. The results have amazed us. You can read the results on the following pages:

Treble viol in festoon form II, ca. 1730
Nicolò Amati
Leopold Widhalm

North Italian ca. 1760,

Violas da gamba:
Anonymous 1730 I
Anonymous 1730 II,

Ventura di Linarolo
Paolo Maggini
Jakob Stainer
Gianbattista Grancino
Johann Seeloss

Treble viol in festoon form II, ca. 1730

One of the most astonishing findings of these two researchers can be seen above. The sound hole on the left comes from a treble viol in festoon shape purchased in Spain around 1978. The sound hole on the right comes from a treble viol purchased at auction at Bonhams in 1998. I purchased this second viol, on the hunch that it was a twin of the first one. Dendrochronology has only now revealed not only the date of these two instruments: ca. 1730, but also that the tops were constructed from the very same tree! These two sisters, which had been separated for nearly 300 years, are now happily reunited and making music together again!

Dr. Peter Klein, University of Hamburg
Dr. Micha Beuting, University of Hamburg

Dr. Beuting measuring a violoncello
Dipl.-Holzwirt Micha Beuting taking data on a violoncello

Dendrochronology explained, with the complete findings!

 updated 21.11.2007