from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A violin made by Nicolò Amati or the members of his family.
  • Amati, Nicolò or Nicola 1596-1684. Italian violin maker who taught his craft to Stradivari and Guarneri.

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  • n. a violin made by a member of the Amati family.

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  • n. a violin made by Nicolo Amati or a member of his family
  • n. Italian violin maker in Cremona; taught the craft to Guarneri and Stradivari (1596-1684)


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  • Lastly, he will show you, by means of a small hand-mirror throwing a gleam of light into its entrails, the identical autograph of the immortal maker -- Albani, Guarneri, or Amati, as the case may happen -- with the date printed in the lean old type and now scarcely visible through the dust of a couple of centuries, '_Amati_

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  • Then Krespel's countenance cleared up, and with a firm voice he replied, "Capitally, Professor; you recollect my telling you of the lucky chance which threw that splendid Amati [Footnote: The Amati were a celebrated family of violin-makers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, belonging to Cremona in Italy.

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  • Amati and Stradivari — they sold them as art, too.

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  • Working as an apprentice, he came into contact with instruments built by some of history's greatest violin-makers, such as Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati and Guadagnini.

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  • Amati in 1620 and later adapted as a cello by Stradivari.

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  • In 1904, he won a major prize at Ghent Conservatory's International Violin Competition, before returning to Mexico, where President Díaz presented him with an Amati violin "as a gift from the Mexican Nation" for his excellent performance abroad.

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  • Among the expensive violins, those made by Nicola Amati, Antonio Stradivari, and Giuseppe Guarneri are appreciated even today as "works of art".

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  • Café Amati offers table service, it is lovingly lighted, with pretty silverware and a collection of Wedgwood porcelain.

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  • Or, just maybe, there is a young student in Riga now playing, unwittingly, that same Amati cello, producing a lovely low sound beyond his years.

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  • There are currently 11 Amati cellos listed on Cozio. com, a Web site that tracks precious antique instruments, and Aronson's Amati is not among them.

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