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To begin with, a masterful artist tries instrument made by renowned violin-making family (5)


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'renowned violin-making family' is the definition.
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'to begin with a masterful artist tries instrument' is the wordplay.
'to' becomes 'a' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'begin with' suggests taking the first letters.
The first letters of 'masterful artist tries instrument' is 'mati'.

'made by' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for amati that I've seen before include "Famous violin maker" , "Noted violin maker" , "Noted Cremona violinmaking family" , "A violinist" , "One's played" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish Times.
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