A beautiful new violin with a mature, warm well balanced tone and excellent performance. Finished in a classic traditional antique varnish of a rich colour and lustrous gloss finish.
All our new violins are individually hand crafted using traditional methods and personally hand selected by myself direct from the maker.
Carefully modelled on the famous 1715 ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius, which is among the great instruments that Antonio Stradivari produced during his Golden Period when he was at the peak of his powers, and has a had some of the most celebrated owners in its early history – namely Giuseppe Tartini, Signor Salvini and Karol Lipinski, after whom it is named. It is currently owned by the Anschuetz family who have loaned it to Frank Almond, the concertmaster of their local Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The violin was notoriously stolen in January 2014 by attacking Almond with a stun gun, but recovered safely by police 11 days later.
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This new violin has been very well crafted to produce an instrument that not only looks excellent, with its striking two piece maple back and straight grained spruce top, but has superb tonal qualities. This instrument already has a remarkable clarity, warmth and a well balanced tone. It sounds surprisingly mature for a new violin but will only get better as it opens up with use. It is finished in a classic lightly antiqued oil/spirit varnish.
This violin has been crafted using high quality tone woods with excellent properties to provide an instrument that will give the best performance. The spruce and maple has been air dried for over 12 years prior to use, ensuring a quality sound that will endure. The violin is finished in a nicely antiqued varnish. The tone is already excellent for a new violin and after a few months playing you will have a beautiful sounding instrument with a wonderful appearance that will be both rewarding and pleasurable to play.
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 safe methods of shipping 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: 356mm
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. For an extra sizzling performance Contact Us to upgrade to Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings for £65.00.
A case is included in the price but no bow. Please Contact Us for bow options at very special prices.
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