This is a very special new violin, combining excellent materials with top master craftsmanship and resulting in an instrument that excels in performance. It is a beautiful copy of the Alard-Baron Knoop 1715 Stardivarius violin which was regarded by W.E. Hill & Sons as the “nec plus ultra” (nothing further beyond) of violins.
This violin is beautifully easy to draw a nice tone from and has a quick, clean response. It is nicely even across all strings and produces a sumptuously sweet, warm and clear sound. It is finished in the most gorgeous, deep and transparent, golden yellow varnish.
All our new violins are individually hand crafted using traditional methods and personally hand selected by myself direct from the maker.
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This violin has been carefully modelled by master craftsman on the famous ‘Alard-Baron Knoop’ Stardivarius 1715 instrument made by Antonio Stradivari in 1715, when he was at the height of his genius, a time known as his Golden Period. It has been made with excellent tonewoods and has perfect arching and plate thickness distribution which is critical to creating the best sound quality.
It is a violin made from beautiful high quality spruce and maple, which has been air dried for over 14 years, and finished in the most gorgeous, deep and transparent golden yellow oil/spirit varnish. The tone is already wonderful and after a few months playing you will have an amazing sounding violin.
Unlike many companies we make no fanciful claims about our violins being ‘professional’ or ‘soloist’ standard – no soloist or professional musician would ever use a violin of this price bracket – that is the simple reality of it. However, we will say that in the under £1000 price bracket we have not found any violins that are better.
The excellent craftsmanship is followed up with careful set up to ensure that this violin is not has a wonderful tone but also the highest order of playability. Unlike many companies, and especially those imported from China, we ship to you with the bridge in place – this ensures that our high quality set up is maintained, so that you can take it straight out of the box, tune it and immediately start enjoying its wonderful ability to make music.
(Many companies ship with the bridge down, which frequently results in the violin arriving with the soundpost having fallen down. Now the two most important elements in the sound quality of a violin are the bridge and the soundpost, which require fine adjustment by an experienced person to get the optimum sound out of your instrument, meaning a trip to your nearest luthier if you are to get the best out of your newly purchased violin. This is why we have taken the time to develop a safe method of shipping our violins that ensure that the careful set up is maintained for when it arrives with you).
What makes our violins different from others in this price range:
About Our Tonewoods:
Nearly every new violin advertised for sale these days comes with a claim that the wood is 10 – 20 years old at least. The inside story from those in the know is very different. The truth is that probably fewer than 10% of these instruments have wood that is 5 years old. Pressures of time and economy on price mean that an ever increasing number of makers are using ‘Green Wood’, less than a year old. Not only do violins made from green wood lack the tonal qualities of those constructed of mature wood but there is a high risk that they will crack, joints will come apart or the neck will warp. Our makers have a stockpile of wood sufficient for 5 years and the instruments that we select from them are made from wood guaranteed to have been air dried for at least 14 years. Forced drying, using heat to speed up the process makes the wood brittle.
The tone and projection of a violin is critically dependent on both correct thickness on the plates (belly and back) of the violin. Too thick and they will be stronger but lack the flexibility to vibrate freely. Too thin and the violin will be fragile under the immense pressure of the strings and although it may initially appear to have a good sound, over the course of a couple of years it will lose its tone. Our makers have carefully studied many highest quality instruments, especially the very best 17th century Cremonese (Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesu, Amati), and have developed a careful understanding of the correct plate thickness and distribution to give optimal results over the long term. The plates of these violins are on average around 5% thicker than that commonly seen on many new violins, and their tone will only ever improve with the ripening of time.
Back length: 355mm
Upper Bout: 169mm Middle Bout: 109mm Lower Bout: 207mm
String length: 329mm
Fingerboard: Ebony Fittings: Boxwood
This violin comes with a FREE upgrade to Pirastro Tonica strings but we believe that this wonderful violin deserves the best quality strings, Evah Pirazzi, which we will fit at the below cost price of only £65 if you Contact Us to upgrade.
A case is included in the price but no bow. Please Contact Us for bow options at extra special prices.
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