Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin, Violinmaker France

The violins of the 19C French luthier Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin are renowned for their brilliance and responsiveness. These traits attracted the accolades his contemporaries, notably the soloists Joachim, Sivari and Armingaud. His unique sound has been attributed to his strenuous workmanship; largely distrustful of artificial methods of instrument making, he developed his craft over years of rigorous research in acoustics and innovation in bass bar construction. Consequently his instruments are exquisitely hand made, the wood aged naturally and is carefully selected.

Given their fine workmanship and the quality of the varnish, they were the preferred modern violin at the time, with one used to premiere his fellow countryman Godard's violin concerto.

Somewhat lesser known, Collin-Mezin also produced fine bows made of pernambuco wood.

His son, Charles Jnr, carried on his father’s tradition of fine violin making, but produced instruments at a more affordable price. In 1925, the son moved to Mirecourt, although his violins still bore the classic Parisian label.

Ch.-J. B. Collin-Mezin