Talbott's baroque violin is an original early 18th century Bohemian violin restored to baroque condition by Mark Norfleet of Ann Arbor.
The instrument is played on the shoulder, though with no shoulder or chin-rest, and with no need to hold the instrument with the chin, as that is one of the ways the violin was played until quite late in the 18th century.
This violin can be heard on recordings and videos by Concerto Barocco, among others, and in a recording that is part of the dance exhibition at the Vleeshuis museum in Antwerp.
Jonathan Talbott's instruments are all strung with equal tension, high tension sheep gut, without a trace of metal anywhere. This gives him the opportunity to create rich and vibrant musical colors that sound like the visual colors in Renaissance and Baroque painting.