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‘Viotti ex-Bruce’ Stradivarius 1709 model violin – Gorgeous Strong Rich Tone

'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.
'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label. 'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius 1709 replica model violin, best available violins under £1000, Virtuosi violins own label.

£425.00

This is a superior quality new violin with a gorgeous rich and warm tone that has a clarity that gives it excellent projection. It is nice and even across all strings, overall very nicely balanced. It has a beautiful one piece back and is finished in a glorious golden yellow traditional varnish. It is fitted with a high quality Aubert bridge and Pirastro strings.

All our new violins are individually hand crafted using traditional methods and personally hand selected by myself direct from the maker.

It is faithfully modeled on the famous ‘Viotti, ex-Bruce Stradivarius 1709, which is one of the most beautiful instruments made by the great Antonio Stradivari, produced at the beginning of his Golden Period when he was at the peak of his powers. This violin carefully follows the outline, arching, f-hole and scroll styles of the original instrument.

This new violin has been very well crafted to produce an instrument that not only looks excellent but has superb tonal qualities. This instrument already has a rich warm sound, clear voice and well balanced tone. It already sounds very mature but will only get better as it blossoms and opens up over time. It is finished in a lustrous golden yellow oil/spirit varnish that has been very lightly antiqued.

All our new violins are individually hand crafted using traditional methods and personally hand selected by myself direct from the maker.

This violin has been beautifully modelled on the famous ‘Viotti, ex-Bruce’ Stradivarius 1709 violin, one of three Stradivari violins that have borne the name of this renowned virtuoso violinist and composer – see below for full details of this violin, its history and its most famous owner.

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:

  • Mature, air dried high quality tonewood used.
  • Made by a single craftsman from start to finish, using traditional violinmaking techniques.
  • The high standards of traditional varnishes are emulated.
  • Precisely controlled plate thickness and distribution.
  • Fingerboards are checked for correct thickness, curvature and scope before finishing with smoothing and polishing.
  • Thickness of the neck with fingerboard checked – these are frequently too bulky for comfortable playing, particularly at the heel of the neck.
  • String grooves at the nut and bridge are well lubricated with graphite to protect strings.
  • Bridge is professionally cut, with special attention to the feet fitting perfectly.
  • Correct string clearance checked for.
  • Pegs are shaped to give them the correct taper and peg compound applied to ensure that they work smoothly.
  • Pegs ends are rounded for a nice finish.
  • Correct cutting and placement of the soundpost is an imperative for optimum sound of the violin. Full contact of the ends with the back and belly are required, with no minor gaps.

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.

Plate Thicknessing:

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.

Size: 4/4

Back length: 355mm       

Upper Bout: 168mm      Middle Bout: 108mm    Lower Bout: 207mm

String length: 330mm

Fingerboard: Ebony       Fittings: Ebony

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.

About the ‘Viotti, ex-Bruce’ Strad 1709 violin.

The Viotti, ex-Bruce is one of two 1709 Stradivari instruments that owned by the legendary virtuoso violinist Giovanni Battiste Viotti (1755-1824), together with another from 1712. Having two Stradivarius violins dated 1709 it later caused much confusion. This one was Viotti’s principal violin, being used in the majority of concert performances. The great English violinist Marie Hall (1884-1956), for whom Ralph Vaughan Williams dedicated his gorgeous “Lark Ascending” composition, believed that she had purchased Viotti’s principal Strad and it wasn’t until much later that the mystery of the two violins was resolved and for the sake of future clarity the Viotti 1709 Stradivarius that had belonged to Marie Hall was renamed after her, whilst his principal violin retained the Viotti label, which was appended with the tag ‘ex-Bruce’ after its then current owner, J.F.L. Bruce.

Viotti was one of the greatest violinists of the period, who did much to advance playing technique on the instrument, and was a great advocate of Stradivari’s violins, doing a great deal to establish them as ‘The Violin’. He toured much of Europe, wooing great crowds with his virtuosity everywhere that he went – and amongst them the aristocracy and royalty. He had a reputation for endearing himself to young ladies of high position and amongst them was Catherine the Great of Russia, and legend has it that Viotti received this violin from her as a “token of love”.

Viotti composed a total of 29 violin concertos, of which his 22nd is most well known.

Viotti is said to have been a great influence on Beethoven and Rudolphe Kreutzer, as well as indirectly though his pupil Duranowski on the great Niccolo Paganini.

The Viotti ex-Bruce 1709 Stradivarius violin is been in the hands of the Royal Academy of Music, London since 2005 who acquired for £3.5million from the Bruce family through funds provided by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax, as well as the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the National Art Collection Fund, and many private donors, including the violin dealers J & A Beare. It is such an important instrument that it was regarded as paramount that it was retained for future generations within the UK. It is the centre piece of the York Gate Collections and is allowed to be used sparingly for special performances and research projects.

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I believe that every violinist should have access to a great sounding instrument capable of expressing the passion within them at an affordable price. It is my mission to bring instruments capable of doing this to young and mature musicians alike, so that they can develop to the maximum as a musician and bring the joy of their hearts to the world. All violins are personally selected by myself as instruments with great tonal qualities that I would be proud to own as my sole violin. Each is carefully checked for build construction and condition. Any restoration work is done by my professional luthier partner and instruments are fitted with high quality fittings and usually Evah Pirazzi strings (although this may vary according to what we determine best suits the particular instrument). This is backed by a 12 months maintenance free guarantee - that is to say that we will undertake any maintenance  required on your violin within this period free of charge. All that you need to do is bring/ship the violin back to us. All violins come to you fully set up to their optimum and ready to play. We regularly ship worldwide, FREE of charge to you and fully insured. It is my experience that it takes at least 3 days of exclusive playing of an instrument to get accustomed to and appreciate it; with 7 days being preferable and the minimum time that should be allowed for trial of an instrument. Most shops allow 7-14 days for returns on purchases. I wish my customers a great buying experience and to have total confidence in their acquisition and consequently I give a 30 DAY RETURN PERIOD with a full refund of the purchase price provided that it is returned in the same condition. Any quality violin is a substantial financial commitment and one that you want to be confident will not be a depreciating asset. I am confident that any violin that I sell will at least hold its value over many years if well looked after and the majority will actually gain in value - this has been the general trend over a long period of time. I am willing to take any violin that I have sold back should you decide to upgrade and will give you the full purchase price paid for it, provided that it has been well looked after. I am here to help as much for you post-sale as I am before. I love to help and willingly give advice, assistance, and share my expertise and experiences at any time. Stay in contact, be sure to sign-up for my newsletter.