A lovely new violin crafted from high quality materials in the style of Giovanni Paolo Maggini, with the trademark double purfling and long f-holes, and which has a powerful, open, tone with excellent projection.
All our new violins are individually hand crafted using traditional methods and personally hand selected by myself direct from the maker.
This Maggini model violin uses beautiful quality spruce and has a striking two-piece maple back, finished with double purfling and a distinctive pattern that makes this violin stand out in appearance just as it does with its forthright tonal properties. Giovanni Paolo Maggini produced violins based on two patterns, one around the standard 355mm and the the other a far longer 370mm, which inspired Stradivari’s long pattern violins that he experimented with for the last 10 years of the 17th Century. This violin is based on Maggini’s less commonly seen shorter pattern, requiring a high degree of craftsmanship to reproduce the double purfling pattern with the smaller model.
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This is a strikingly beautiful violin hand crafted using traditional methods using highest quality spruce and maple, which has been air dried for over 14 years, and finished in a deep, lustrous varnish. The sound is remarkably open for a new violin and will only improve over the coming months and years as it is played in.
The excellent craftsmanship is followed up with careful set up to ensure that this violin not only 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 12 years. Forced drying, using heat to speed up the process makes the wood brittle.
The tone and projection of a violin is critically dependant 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: 354mm
Upper Bout: 170mm Middle Bout: 112mm Lower Bout: 206mm
String length: 329mm
Fingerboard: Ebony Fittings: Boxwood
This violin comes ready fitted with high quality Evah Pirazzi strings and an Aubert bridge for best possible performance.
A case is included in the price but no bow. Please Contact Us for bow options at very special prices.
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