John Osnes Violins


I am a violin maker living in Anchorage, Alaska. My name is John Osnes.

As of this year I have completed 70 celli, 167 violins, and 66 violas. I have also built several guitars, two mandolins, two Viol da Gambas and various other musical instruments.

I grew up in Everett, Washington, learning to play the violin at an early age. In 1974, I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Chemical Engineering and stayed in that field for only two years, before switching to instrument making.  I’ve played violin with the Anchorage Symphony, the Anchorage Opera, and several other groups throughout the state of Alaska.

At present I only perform for the house cat.



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I have two models I work from. One is derived from the
Canon by Guarnerius del Gesu with various modifications to suit my tastes. Body length is 14 inches and the string length is standard.
Another model I use is the 1704 Stradivarius
Betts violin.
I shade the varnish sometimes but do no antiquing.






At present I have been building a 15 3/4 to 16 inch viola with a large lower bout and pretty low arching resulting in a lot of power with a rich bottom end. My latest foray into viola making involves a 15 ½ inch copy of a 1580 Gasparo da Salo with double purfling.

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I have three models that I favor. One is a small Strad model with standard string measurements. The second is from a 1739 Domenico Montagnana model with the same string length as the Strad but a larger body.  The third is based on a 1572 Andrea Amati cello. This model is slightly longer that the Strad model with a shorter string length.






Vintage and new Instruments and Bows:

I have new and vintage violins, viola, celli, cases and bows for sale in my shop.
The shop will be open on a limited basis by appointment in 2024.


Links to Inventory for Sale:
Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass
Bows for Sale
Cases for Sale

John Osnes
8900 Jupiter Drive
Anchorage, AK 99507


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