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You have gained a good reputation for your Strad books and your collection, Bravo!

Raymond Schryer, Canada 2018

Die ersten Strad-Bände nehme ich übrigens gerne als Farb-Referenz zum Lack mischen. Öfters hatte ich hier in London die Gelegenheit, die Original Instrumente mit den Abbildungen in Deinem Buch zu vergleichen. Die Übereinstimmung der Farben ist überwältigend! Vielen Dank dafür!

Stefan Peter Greiner

Cher Jost, tes livres sont à la fois un ensemble très complet de la diversité de la production et de la créativité de Stradivari tout au long de sa vie, mais aussi de véritables documents techniques pour les luthiers, de par la qualité, la netteté des photos, et la précision des reproductions sur les détails, la couleur, les usures du temps. Par cette prouesse de l'impression sur papier, tous ces instruments sous nos yeux sont magnifiques.
Bravo et merci!

Régis Bury

We are happy to know that your important volumes are so successful: we are sure that they will point a fundamental way in the history of publications about Stradivari.

Cesare Mancini, Accademia Musicale Chigiana

The publication of the Stradivarius Corps which carried out by Mr. Thone is without a doubt an outstanding event both in the historiography of the making of bow instruments and in the polygraphy. These magnificent albums in terms of coverage of the material, as well as its format, information content, quality of the publication are unique, not having analogues in the bibliography of instruments not only Stradivarius, but also other masters. Especially it's worth saying that a number of instruments contained in the edition was published for the first time. I’m sure that this titanic work of Mr. Thone will be appreciated not only by professional violin makers and musicians, but also by all enthusiasts of the technique and history of creating excellent instruments, music lovers and, of course, dealers. Hope that Mr. Thone will not stop there, and the second issue will be an intermediate result on the way to creating a comprehensive Stradivarius Corps, which will include all the instruments of the great Italian known today.

Vitaliy Grigorovskiy

These are enormous books, they cover the whole span of Antonio Stradivari's output with many fine samples. The photography and printing are utterly exquisite. A must have for violinmakers and connoisseurs to study this subject seriously. Don't be intimidated by the books' weight - open them up!

Feng Jiang

Für mich als Geigenbauer – Neubauer sind die Strad Bücher ein Schatz. Ich kann mir beliebig Strad Modelle auswählen und damit bis ins Detail arbeiten, auch wenn es unmöglich ist das Original Instrument in der Werkstatt zu haben. Es ist fast das Selbe!

Tomas Pilar

Only the work of a passionate can arrive at a result of excellence! Such is the case with these wonderful books! Thank you Jost ! It is really a precious treasure to have them! The new generation of violinmakers must order!

Thierry Ghasarossian liegt immer ein geöffneter Bildband in meinem Musiksalon, so schaue ich mir fast täglich eines der Stradivari Instrumente an und habe den Eindruck, als ob ich es in den Händen hätte. Die Bücher sind für mich als Geigenbauer, der nicht nur restauriert, sondern auch neue Instrumente baut, wegen der brillanten Bildqualität von großem Nutzen - dazu trägt auch die beiliegende CD mit den Zeichnungen, Maßen etc. bei. Dieser praktische Wert der "Antonius Stradivarius" Bände wird durch das ästhetische Vergnügen das sie mir schenken wunderbar ergänzt.

Martin Michalke

Testimonianza e ulteriore risorsa della liuteria italiana nel mondo. "Antonio Stradivari" books are significant resources and testimonials for the Italian violin-making art in the world

M° Mauro Ivano Benaglia

probably the best publication in violin history

Anton Somers

These book and their quality gives me the opportunity to enjoy and study such beautiful instruments. The photos are amazing, the print quality is very good, In my opinion it´s an important tool and a beautiful collection... Thanks for all the hard work you guys had to put all this together!

Fernando Lima

These wonderful books provide a great amount of information on the Strad instruments. The color photos are accurate and detailed that I often refer to them in my work in creating copies of these great instruments.

Scott Cao

The eight volumes provide me a life-time of fascinating historical documents and photographs of these historical instruments, used for solo and chamber music performances world-wide. You are to be congratulated.

Bill Sloan

I am proud and honored to have my 1686 violin included in the stunning multi-volume Stradivari books published by Jost Thoene Verlag. Jan Roehrmann's gorgeous and artistic photographs, combined with the high quality of the paper and the aesthetically pleasing design of this publication, beautifully document the work of the greatest violinmaker who ever lived.

Eugene Drucker

…your Stradivari book publications are certainly the greatest contribution to the fine stringed instrument field in our generation! The quality of the images, full-size photos, and breath of including Stradivari instruments from both private collections, foundations, and museums make this publication singular and unique.

Sean Carpenter

Thank you for letting me have the chance to add this beautiful and precious collection of your books which concern the best violins and cellos in the world of Stradivarius… Dear Jost you worked hard without forgetting your talent as well as your passion in this field to achieve those remarkable and rare editions.

Dede Hourani

The most comprehensive books about Antonio Stradivari. A gold mine for every violin maker, expert and dealer.

Frédéric Chaudière

I am glad to know your books were so well received, and deservedly so. They are a worthy tribute to Stradivari's life and work.

Reginald Williams

I appreciate so much your work. It Is like a dream come true for every maker to have it at hand… (So many masterpieces of the great Cremonese Workshop which was Stradivari's one, Your work will remain in the history of the book and in particular of the photographic book)

Francesco Tarchi

A feast for the eyes, mind and the emotions, imagining the sounds they create....... once again your production will be the Stradivarius of publishing. It is indeed a great joy to have your magnificent books living in my music room for all to experience.

David Takeno

For any serious lover of the instruments of Stradivari, these books are a must!!

Sean Bishop

…the books are very impressive! The pictures are incredible, it's like having/ holding and seeing the instruments themselves. Congratulations!

Christoph Henschel

I am happy with the 8 volumes "Antonio Stradivari". The "Antonio Stradivari" books are marvelous. Thanks to the books, I can study many Stradivari violins. I would like to say especially 5-8 volumes; the printing technic is remarkable; and above all we can see many Stradivari which are in good condition.

Hirokazu KUBOTA

Mit größter Begeisterung kann man sich immer wieder mit diesen wunderbaren Stradivari Bänden und den faszinierenden Fotos beschäftigen. Beeindruckend!

Clemens Hagen

The volumes on Antonio Stradivari are one of my most prized possessions in our library. They are not only a joy to peruse but above all an invaluable tool for a maker to study these exceptional instruments. The quality of the photographs and the printing is outstanding and show fantastic detail.

Kai Dase

I have been so impressed with the VIII Volumes of Stradivari Collection which were first published a few years back by Thoene and Roehrmann. As a maker, the detailed photographs and data included with each instrument have really helped my perspective on each period of Strad's work. I use these photos for guides as I varnish even if I'm not antiquing to a large extent. Although the price isn't low, the value is certainly there.

Bill Scott, Minneapolis

The books are of great quality of pictures, amazing details, well deserved present for violin lovers and professional liuters ! Bravo!

Boris Sverdlik

The Antonio Stradivari volumes produced by Jost Thoene are an incredible tribute to Stradivari's genius, and are an amazing resource to string players, luthiers, and anyone who appreciates art at the highest level. I am very grateful for the enormous amount of work they have devoted to cataloging these masterpieces.

James Ehnes

I recently received the beautiful book that features our Stradivari cello. The book is so beautiful – a work of art – and the pictures so realistic, you feel like you are actually touching the instruments. Thank you very much!

A. V. G., Norwegen

Im Uebrigen habe ich auch an den Bänden 5-8 grosse Freude. Das ganze Projekt ist ein Meisterwerk. Davon wird man auch in hundert Jahren sprechen, und die Bücher werden bestimmt begehrte Sammlerstücke sein.

H. A., Schweiz

The books are fabulous and are a great reference. Beautiful Pictures.

J. T., London

The book you sent me is truly beautiful and I thank you again. You have created works that will last for decades--and hopefully centuries. I wish you much good fortune in getting these volumes into the collections of many libraries and universities. It is amazing to think of people using them 300 years from now.

N. N., USA

I wish to congratulate again for your impressive books on Stradivari. They are for me a source of delight, joy and study. And thank you again for your most kindness regarding my trouble with the shipment of the books.

P. S., Buenos Aires

Grazie Jost, Ho ritirato i libri ... Sono bellissimi. Sei il numero uno !!!

G. N., Italy

I have now examined the volumes.....a feast for the eyes and mind and the emotions, imagining the sounds they create. Once again your production will be the Stradivarius of publishing.

D. T., London

Your books arrived and we are pleased to see such a well done publication.

J. I., USA

I received THE books today. Great job, they look very nice. Super pictures!

C. C., Paris

I received the four new books..simply fantastic! Bravo, excellent work. All the best.

G. A., Italy

Dear Jost, R. H. the photo’s of Canada Council for the Arts – Volume 5,6,7,8 - absolutely outstanding! Thank you for this wonderful work!

R. H., Canada

Zunächst einmal herzlichen Dank für die fantastischen Strad Bände V-VIII, die zum Verweilen über Nacht einladen - so man sie auf den Tisch stemmen konnte!

W. F., Schweiz

...they are absolutely outstanding, and I can imagine that many people at Mondomusica and other fairs in China will purchase many copies! Congratulations to your entire team--you will be leaving an incredible legacy for all of the rare instrument world, and something that will set the benchmark in quality for many decades to come!!

S. C., New York

You should be extremely proud of this accomplishment, publishing the greatest books of all-time of Stradivari's work, and we are honored to have taken a part with the new volume set.

S. C., New York

So after cleaning my hands, I had a look and also looked at the CD you have with the book. What can I say!? Stunning, outstanding don’t even come close and as far as the information in there and the detail that most luthiers would give their right hand for, these are without a doubt a must for ALL luthier schools as a minimum.

M. K., London

Lieber Jost, vielen Dank für die tollen Bücher! Sie sind eine große Inspiration!

R. H., Berlin



Herzlichen Dank für Ihre Mitteilung und Gratulation zu den faszinierenden Bänden über die Stradivari Instrumente. Sie sind tatsächlich überwältigend!

Prof. D.P. München, Germany

SUPER! SUPER ! You did a great job Jost!

G.S., Belgium

I will of course advertise your publications to my colleagues and some collectors to hopefully get some more people to purchase your beautiful and exquisite publications! We are so excited to see the finished product later this year--your books certainly will be the highlight of the year for my family and myself!! They are spectacular in every aspect possible.


Sehr beeindruckend das Video. Gratuliere Ihnen zu Ihren neuerlichen Erfolgen.

FF, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Good luck and bravo on the Strad books!


Ein toller Beitrag der transportiert, mit welcher Liebe und Begeisterung Sie das Thema leben.

A.Sch. Hamburg, Germany

Fantastic work, I believe you always do good books I am honored to get these 4 new volumes

F.L. Cremona, Italy

Jost, Outstanding!


I will have to get back to my German studies, but I enjoyed seeing some of the process. Thank you for your efforts in what must be one of the great violin publications of all time.


… meinen Glückwunsch zu einer weiteren Folge Ihres erfolgreichen Projekts.

H.L. B. Germany

Dear Jost, Thank you for the information on printing of the latest volumes. Good luck with the whole enterprise.

A.D. Minneapolis

… ich habe es mit großem Interesse angeschaut. Ich kann mir vorstellen die Arbeit mit viel, viel Geduld

T.P. Tschechien

Wir wünschen Ihnen und Ihrem Sohn viel Erfolg mit den neuen Bänden.

N.F. Düsseldorf, Germany

Bravó! Congrats Jost!

P.R. Ungarn

…I think you are doing a "tithanic" work and I hope to be able to buy sooner the whole collection/edition of your Strad books.

G.L. Padova, Italy

…das macht natürlich Appetit (besonders die verfeinerte Drucktechnik).

W.S. Berlin,Germany

…Habe mit großem Interesse gesehen, mit welcher Begeisterung Sie, Ihr Sohn aber auch die Inhaberin der Druckerei an diesem hochqualitativen Produkt arbeiten. Die limitierte Auflage wird dann sicher noch das "Sahnehäubchen". Ganz tolle Qualität. Chapeau!

B.S. Egelsbach, Germany

…sieht sehr beeinDRUCKend aus. Ich freue mich schon auf das Ergebnis!

R.H. Wien, Austria

…schöner Bericht.Freue mich auf die Edition.

W. St. München, Germany

…Vielen Dank, sehr schön zu sehen, herzlichen Glückwunsch lieber Herr Thöne

J.G. München, Germany

Of course I am your advance subscriber, Jost!!

R.R. Bologna, Italy

I have ordered the books and will be proud to see my name on the subscriber list.Very much looking forward to receiving the freshly printed paper, with kind regards,

Ph. I. London, Great Britain

…als Geigenbauer muss es doch eine „Ehrensache“ sein diese Bücher im Atelier zu haben…

B.H. Imola, Italy

…ich habe grossen Respekt vor dem Projekt und weiss, dass die Qualität sehr hoch ist,

C.J. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Indeed! Impressive. The technology we see operating, the quality of the rendition in the pictures, all make the TV report captivating. Congratulations!

D.D. Québec, Canada

This is a fabulous project, and I salute you for such a heroic effort. My pride in having the first volumes is great, and knowing you, the author, is meaningful. The following books appear to be beautiful. However, my library is complete, without any remaining space. In fact, I've handled the Strad often, but can barely lift out the first set of volumes from the book shelf. Thanks for your update, and I hope you continue to do so well. Sincerely,

B.S. Los Angeles, USA

Congratulations. Well done.