3. NEW VIOLINS

NEW VIOLINS TO BUY in SINGAPORE in ALL SIZES:

As a teacher, I know how important it is to get a good sounding yet affordable violin or viola. I personally select the best sounding instruments from several Singapore violin and viola retail shops and set them up to sound the best they can.

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Similarly, I supply ADVANCED and MASTER violins and violas at around HALF the PRICE that they sell for in the shops. This way you can afford a much better violin or viola! Please call me at +65 96611413 or email strings2u2@gmail.com to ask whatever questions you have.

ONLINE PAYMENT and SHIPPING is available by clicking on the “Buy Now” request button in the description and an email will be sent to you requesting your Paypal account name so a Paypal invoice can be sent to you. Paypal is used because it keeps your credit card information private and has “buyers protection” in case the violin is not as described, so you can get a refund with no hassles.

For information about where I am and when you can visit please click on: WHERE AND WHEN TO VISIT

ON THIS PAGE: 1. Violin Pricing Summary; 2. Detailed Descriptions and Photos

VIOLIN PRICING SUMMARY:

(for all sizes 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4)

BEGINNERS 100 series VIOLIN costs $170-$250. These have a very good tone, response and warmth for beginners level music.

INTERMEDIATE 300 series VIOLIN costs $350 and above (suitable for Grade 2-4). They come with a flamed maple back and sides and an attractive amber gloss varnish.

ADVANCED 400 series VIOLIN costs $600-$1,000 (suitable for Grade 5-6) with a flamed maple back and sides and a choice of different attractive varnishes including amber/orange/red/brown in gloss or matt varnish.

ELECTRIC SILENT VIOLINS are now available starting from $390. There are two types:

1. the SOLID BODY SILENT ELECTRIC VIOLIN – has a headphone jack and a 1/4″ speaker jack with volume and tone controls: the EV1 is a 5 String Electric Violin with the controls near the bridge and it costs S$450; the EV2 is a 4 String Electric Violin with the controls on the side and it costs S$390; the FV1 is a Fender electric violin in near new condition and it costs $690 (usual retail of S$1177).

2. The EV-HOLLOW is a 5 string ACOUSTIC VIOLIN with an ELECTRIC PICKUP and it costs S$390 – it has a 1/4″ speaker jack with the volume and tone controls on the side. It has no headphone jack and does not require a battery.

For more information please click “Electric Violins Available”

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL AND MASTER INSTRUMENTS: for the advanced players (Grade 7 and above) I have SEMI PROFESSIONAL and MASTER violins and violas available for $1,290 and above. There are many different models of New Violins available for you to audition. They represent the work of some of the best Chinese Violinmakers using selected European spruce or aged spruce from China.

– there are detailed descriptions, pricing and photos below.

ANTIQUE VIOLINS: There are also 3/4 and full-sized 4/4 ANTIQUE 50-100 year old violins available from $600 – $2,200 (click on the menu above called “Antique Violins”).

VIOLASThere are violas of different sizes available, including 14.5″-S$450; 15″-S$590; 15″-S$1,290; 15.5″-S$690; 16.5″-$1,290.

For more information on VIOLAS please click VIOLA DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS AND PHOTOS

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LIST OF VIOLINS AVAILABLE:

ADVANCED VIOLINS:

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL VIOLINS:

For Semi Professional Violin DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS and EXTRA PHOTOS please click

MASTER VIOLINS:

Master Violins DETAILED DESCRIPTION AND PHOTOGRAPHS:

(SN:200 – S$2190) Information on “the Cremonese Stradivarius” violin (4/4) of 1715

The “Cremonese Strad” copy is a very fine quality violin with excellent craftmanship and can be described as follows: balanced on all 4 strings. a powerful, bright, rich tone suitable for solo performance. It has a good response, which makes it a good choice for advancing players. The 2 piece book-matched top spruce is extremely fine grain, and not made too thin, giving the violin the potential to grow into a mature old instrument.

About the Original Stradivarius “Cremonese” – made in 1715:

The Cremonese violin is one of Stradivari’s greatest masterpieces made during his Golden Period. The Cremonese was once owned by the famous violinist, Joseph Joashim. It was returned permanently to the Italian city of Cremona in 1961. The choice of wood, pattern, arching, varnish, and sound is proof of Stradivari’s genius. The instrument has inspired some of the greatest makers in history and continues to be an inspiration today. The Cremonese is unique in the way it combines the sweetness and grandeur of a good Strad, while having the depth of a fine del Gesu. Original “Cremonese” Dimensions: Body length 357mm, Upper Bout 168mm, Center Bout 112mm, Lower Bout 207.5mm.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:          Italian antique varnished
  • · Top:               Excellence Aged Russian spruce dried for 20 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15years
  • · Fitting:           Ebony  or rosewood fitting
  • · Fingerboard: Advance Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Bridge:           France Aubert bridge
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of this copy of the “Cremonese” violin are:

– body length: 357mm; lower bout: 208mm; upper bout: 170mm; middle: 113mm.

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(SN:206 S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Joseph Guarneri Del Gesu “Cannon” Violin of the year 1743-Russian Spruce

About the Original Guarneri Del Gesu “Cannon” Violin – made in 1743:

“The Cannon” violin is also known by the variants Il Cannone del GesùCannone or Canon, and is often appended with the maker’s name “Guarneri del Gesù” which is also the Guarneri trademark. The violin received its name as the Cannon from a former owner, the Italian violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini (1782–1840), because of its power and resonance. Paganini called it “my cannon violin,” referring to the explosive sound that he was able to make it produce. This is considered one of Guarneri’s masterpieces. The violin has distinct features that set it apart from modern instruments, including a slightly shorter and thicker sound box and a markedly curved neck. Its tone is distinctly bright, yet full. The violin has survived intact and whole and was given by Paganini to the city of Genoa. Original “Cannon” dimensions: Body length 354mm., Upper Bout 168mm., Center Bout 111mm, Lower Bout 207mm.

The Dimensions of this copy of the “Cannon” violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 205mm; upper bout: 165mm; middle: 115mm.

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(SN:210 S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Joseph Guarneri Del Gesu “Cannon” Violin of the year 1743-Russian Spruce

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 205mm; upper bout: 165mm; middle: 115mm.

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(SN:213 S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Stradivarius “Viotti” of the year 1709-Russian Spruce

About the Original Stradivarius “Viotti” Violin:

This violin is one of the best masterpieces made by Stradivari during his golden period. If the “Messiah” is preserved in a superior condition, then we can say that the “Viotti” is in a very good condition. Besides the wonderful craftsmanship, the wood is superior and the ruby-like varnish also makes this violin incomparable. In France, the Viotti was admired and highly sought after among the instrument makers of the era, most notably Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. The first biography of Stradivari, authored by Francois Fetis, explained the unparalleled quality of his instruments and contained a list of the best examples, placing the Viotti third.

The Dimensions of this copy of the “Viotti” violin are:

– body length: 358mm; lower bout: 208mm; upper bout: 167mm; middle: 111mm.

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(SN:215 S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Nicolaus Amati Violin-1670-Russian Spruce aged 20yrs

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:           Italian antique varnished
  • · Top:                Excellence Aged Russian spruce dried for 20 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15years
  • · Fitting:           Ebony  or rosewood fitting
  • · Fingerboard: Advance Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Bridge:           France Aubert bridge
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 206mm; upper bout: 166mm; middle: 117mm.

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(SN:218 – S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Joseph Guarneri Del Gesu Violin-1730-Russian Spruce

ABOUT Giuseppe Guarneri ‘Del Gesu’  ranks today as one of the two greatest violin makers of all time, although the marked difference between the appearance and sound of his instruments and those of Stradivari makes comparison almost impossible. Some simply prefer Stradivari, and some prefer del Gesu. Giuseppe trained with his father. The earliest known insruments that are entirely his own work date from the late 1720s, but it was not until 1731 that he began to insert the label with the monogram IHS. He seems to have been strongly influenced by the Brescian school, and his work combines the best of the Cremonese tradition with the stretched C-bouts and exaggerated f-holes of Maggini and da Salo. Tonally, his instruments retain much of the sweetness of a Stradivari, but have a seemingly unlimited depth and darkness of sound, irrespective of the pressure of the bow. It is the later instruments that have come to represent all that is characteristic of del Gesu the unbridled creativity, the astonishing disregard for the details of workmanship, and the sheer daring of design and construction that are the natural conclusion of the deeply ingrained individuality of the Guarneri family. The rapid spread of del Gesu’s fame in the mid-19th century was largely due to the patronage of Paganini, who played the ‘Cannon’ of 1743 for most of his career.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:           Italian antique varnished
  • · Top:                Excellence Aged Russian spruce dried for 20 years
  • · Back:               Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15years
  • · Fitting:           Ebony  or rosewood fitting
  • · Fingerboard: Advance Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Bridge:           France Aubert bridge
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 208mm; upper bout: 168mm; middle: 115mm._

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(SN:223 S$1690) Master Violin-Copy of Guarneri Del Gesu “Goldberg-Baron Vita” Violin-1730

The Goldberg is named after a famous violinist, Szymon Goldberg, who had a long and distinguished career as violinist, conductor, and teacher. It is currently played by the violinist Nicholas Kitchen.

The “twin” of the Baron Vitta Guarneri, is the Kreisler Guarneri del Gesù that had belonged to the legendary violinist Fritz Kreisler. Both the Baron Vitta and the Kreisler Guarneri were made in the 1730s by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù from the same blocks of spruce and maple.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:         Antiqued varnished
  • · Top:                Aged spruce dried for 15 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15 years
  • · Fitting:           Boxwood fittings
  • · Fingerboard: Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 206mm; upper bout: 166mm; middle: 110mm.

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(SN:227 S$1890)  Copy of Stradivarius Francesca 1694

This copy of the Francesca Stradivarius has a convincing antiqued varnish which makes it convincingly antique in appearance.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:         Antiqued varnished
  • · Top:                Aged spruce dried for 15 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15 years
  • · Fitting:           Jujube fittings
  • · Fingerboard: Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 206mm; upper bout: 166mm; middle: 110mm.

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(SN:238 S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Nicolaus Amati “Alard” Violin of the year 1649-Russian Spruce

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Vanish:           Italian antique varnished
  • · Top:                Excellence Aged Russian spruce dried for 20 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15years
  • · Fitting:           Ebony  or rosewood fitting
  • · Fingerboard: Advance Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Bridge:           France Aubert bridge
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 352mm; lower bout: 202mm; upper bout: 163mm; middle: 110mm.

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(SN:239 – S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Joseph Guarneri Del Gesu Violin-1730-Russian Spruce

ABOUT Giuseppe Guarneri ‘Del Gesu’  ranks today as one of the two greatest violin makers of all time, although the marked difference between the appearance and sound of his instruments and those of Stradivari makes comparison almost impossible. Some simply prefer Stradivari, and some prefer del Gesu. Giuseppe trained with his father. The earliest known insruments that are entirely his own work date from the late 1720s, but it was not until 1731 that he began to insert the label with the monogram IHS. He seems to have been strongly influenced by the Brescian school, and his work combines the best of the Cremonese tradition with the stretched C-bouts and exaggerated f-holes of Maggini and da Salo. Tonally, his instruments retain much of the sweetness of a Stradivari, but have a seemingly unlimited depth and darkness of sound, irrespective of the pressure of the bow. It is the later instruments that have come to represent all that is characteristic of del Gesu the unbridled creativity, the astonishing disregard for the details of workmanship, and the sheer daring of design and construction that are the natural conclusion of the deeply ingrained individuality of the Guarneri family. The rapid spread of del Gesu’s fame in the mid-19th century was largely due to the patronage of Paganini, who played the ‘Cannon’ of 1743 for most of his career.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:           Italian antique varnished
  • · Top:                Excellence Aged Russian spruce dried for 20 years
  • · Back:               Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15years
  • · Fitting:           Ebony  or rosewood fitting
  • · Fingerboard: Advance Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Bridge:           France Aubert bridge
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 208mm; upper bout: 168mm; middle: 115mm.

SN:239 S$1890-Guarneri Del Gesu-1730-Russian Spruce

SN:239 S$1890-Guarneri Del Gesu-1730-Russian Spruce

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(ON ORDER – S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Stradivarius Messiah of the year 1716-Russian Spruce

About the Original Stradivarius “Messiah” Violin:

The Messiah is considered the greatest surviving Stradivari violin by most leading experts. Thickness graduation maps of the “Messiah” violin show similar characteristics to those of the Betts (1704), Cremonese (1715), Tuscan-Medici (1716), and other Golden Age Stradivarius violins. Top plates are generally thin (2-3 mm), with the thickest areas (3-4 mm) occurring between the c-bouts and the f-holes. Back plates have a central concentric zone of greatest thickness (4-5 mm), in which the center of thickness lies distinctly left of the centerline in the Cremonese, Tuscan-Medici, and Kashininov violins. The thickness pattern on the back of the Messiah violin is almost identical to that of the Cremonese violin, including asymmetrical center of thickness points located more than 30 mm left of center. The Original “Messiah” Dimensions: Body length 355mm, Upper Bout 167.5mm, Center Bout 108.3mm, Lower Bout 208mm.

The Dimensions of this copy of the “Messiah” violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 208mm; upper bout: 167mm; middle: 116mm.

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(ON ORDER by request) Copy of Giovanni Paolo Maggini Violin-1630

ABOUT THE INSTRUMENT: Loud, roundness, responsive. This gorgeous instrument delivers a powerful, mature tone with great projection and response. The instrument is crafted carefully giving players a wide variety of tonal qualities with the highest standards of playability.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:          Italian antique varnished
  • · Top:                Excellence Aged Russian spruce dried for 20 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15years
  • · Fitting:           Ebony  or rosewood fitting
  • · Fingerboard: Advance Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Bridge:           France Aubert bridge
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 360mm; lower bout: 215mm; upper bout: 170mm; middle: 120mm.

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VIOLA DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS AND PHOTOS

1. VIOLA PRICING SUMMARY: 

The following Viola’s are available:

INTERMEDIATE 200 series 14 1/2″ VIOLA – costs $450 with an antique matt finish.

INTERMEDIATE 300 series: 15″ VIOLA – costs $590 with flamed maple back, sides and an attractive amber gloss varnish.

ADVANCED VIOLAS:

(SN:181 S$690) Advanced 15 ½” Viola-Stradivarius model – fully blocked and lined

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL VIOLAS:

(SN:176 S$1290) 15” Viola Copy of Guarnerius – Russian Spruce&Maple aged 16yrs

(SN:162 S$1290) 16 ½” Viola Copy of Stradivarius – Russian Spruce&Maple aged 16yrs

2. DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS AND PHOTOS: 

(SN:181 S$690) Advanced 15 ½” Viola-Stradivarius model – fully blocked and lined

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(SN:176 – S$1290) Copy of a “Guarneri del Gesu” violin (15″) – discounted from S$1,690 due to varnish blemish under the tailpiece.

Made by a Russian violamaker in Beijing. (Russian Spruce and Maple) (highly recommended for tone, dynamics, expression and volume for soloists) 

Russian violamaking has a long history, earlier that even many European countries. Guarneri’s violins often have a darker, more robust, more sonorous tone than Stradivari’s. Russian spruce and maple have been used to achieve this. The tone on this violin is just exceptional, having a powerful, rich, clear tone. The craftmanship is excellent in every way.

Features:

  • 100% Handmade, 100% hand oil varnished
  • Selected Seasoned Russian Spruce Top, naturally air dried (over 16 years)
  • Selected Seasoned Russian Maple Back, Ribs & Scroll, naturally air dried (over 16 years)
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Hard-carved pegs, tailpiece and chinrest
  • Genuine Inlaid Purfling
  • One violin case and one Brazilwood Advanced standard bow

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(SN:162 – S$1290) Copy of a “Stradivarius” viola (16 1/2″) – discounted from S$1,690 due to varnish blemish under the tailpiece. 

Made by a Russian violamaker in Beijing. (Russian Spruce and Maple)

(highly recommended for tone, dynamics, expression and volume for soloists) 

Russian violamaking has a long history, earlier that even many European countries. This copy of a Stradivarius viola is 16.5″ full-sized and has incredible range in tone and dynamics responding well to the bow. The quality of the sound is evident in the first position and the higher registers where the same depth of tone is produced. Russian spruce and maple have been used to achieve this. The tone on this viola is just exceptional, having a powerful, rich, clear tone. The craftmanship is excellent in every way.

Features:

  • 100% Handmade, 100% hand oil varnished
  • Selected Seasoned Russian Spruce Top, naturally air dried (over 16 years)
  • Selected Seasoned Russian Maple Back, Ribs & Scroll, naturally air dried (over 16 years)
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Hard-carved pegs, tailpiece and chinrest
  • Genuine Inlaid Purfling
  • One viola case and one Brazilwood Advanced standard bow

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SEMI-PROFESSIONAL VIOLINS detailed descriptions and photos

(SN:169 – S$1290) Copy of “J.B. Collin-Mezin” French Violin (4/4) – European Austrian Spruce –  Non-Antiqued Italian Oil Varnish Edition

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(SN:180 – S$1,150) Copy of Stradivarius – Russian Spruce

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(SN:183 – S$1,150) Copy of Stradivarius “Jupiter”-1722 – antiqued Italian Varnish–Spruce aged 20 yrs

(SN:225 S$1490) Copy of Stradivarius Da Vinci of the year 1725-Spruce aged 15 yrs

 

(SN:228 S$1490)  Copy of Stradivarius Francesca 1694

(SN:229 S$1490)  Copy of Stradivarius Messiah 1716

 

(SN:169 – S$1290) Copy of “J.B. Collin-Mezin” French Violin (4/4) – European Austrian Spruce –  Non-Antiqued Italian Oil Varnish Edition

This copy of a J. B. Collin-Mezin French  violin, is a top level violin. Using the best materials of aged Austrian spruce and Italian made varnish, it is made with exquisite Chinese craftsmanship.

TONE: It achieves many highs in terms of tone, having a sophistication you would find in an old violin due to the high quality aged Austrian Spruce. It is balanced on all 4 strings, instantly responsive with good projection making this violin suitable for solo performances.

The market value for this violin easily exceeds S$2000.

Copy of Original Collin-Mezin Label with Makers signature:

Features:

  • 100% Handmade, 100% hand oil varnished
  • Selected Seasoned European Austrian Spruce Top, naturally air dried(over 16 years)
  • Selected Seasoned One-piece Flamed Maple Back, Ribs & Scroll, naturally air dried (over 12 years)
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Hard-carved pegs, tailpiece and chinrest
  • Genuine Inlaid Purfling
  • One violin case and one Brazilwood Advanced standard bow

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(SN:180 S$1,150) Copy of Stradivarius-Antique Varnish-Russian Spruce aged 15yrs

This is a copy of Stradivarius golden aged violin. I am very pleased with the clarity and power which the model possess. The sound is warm,sweet with a wide range of tone colors. It’s an excellent value for any concert level player who will benefit from great versatility and a broader tonal range.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:          Italian antique varnished
  • · Top:                Aged Russian spruce dried for 15 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 10 years
  • · Fitting:           Ebony fittings
  • · Fingerboard: Advanced Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 208mm; upper bout: 167mm; middle: 113mm.

(SN:180-S$1,150) Stradivarius -Russian Spruce

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(SN:183 – S$1,150) Copy of Stradivarius “Jupiter”-1722 – antiqued Italian Varnish–Spruce aged 20 yrs

This is a copy of Stradivarius “Jupiter” golden aged violin. The tone has clarity and power and the sound is warm and sweet with a wide range of tone colors. It’s an excellent value for any concert level player who will benefit from great versatility and a broader tonal range.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:         Italian antique varnished
  • · Top:                Aged spruce dried for 20 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 20 years
  • · Fitting:           Ebony fittings
  • · Fingerboard: Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 357mm; lower bout: 206mm; upper bout: 164mm; middle: 106mm; Finger board Projection Height: 26.5mm.

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(SN:225 S$1490) Copy of Stradivarius Da Vinci of the year 1725-Spruce aged 15 yrs

This is a copy of Stradivarius Da Vinci is a golden aged violin. It is also known as the ex-Seidel Stradivarius named after a famous violinist Toscha Seidel who played it. 

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:         Hand varnished
  • · Top:                Aged spruce dried for 15 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15 years
  • · Fitting:           Ebony fittings
  • · Fingerboard: Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 208mm; upper bout: 167mm; middle: 113mm.

(SN:225-S$1490) Stradivarius-Da Vinci

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(SN:228 S$1490)  Copy of Stradivarius Francesca 1694

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:         Hand varnished
  • · Top:                Aged spruce dried for 15 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15 years
  • · Fitting:           Boxwood fittings
  • · Fingerboard: Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 206mm; upper bout: 166mm; middle: 110mm.

(SN:228-S$1490) Stradivarius Francesca

(SN:228-S$1490) Stradivarius Francesca

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(SN:229 S$1490)  Copy of Stradivarius Messiah 1716

The Messiah-Salabue Stradivarius of 1716 is considered to be the only Stradivarius in existence in as new state. The Messiah, sobriquet Le Messie, remained in the Stradivarius workshop until his death in 1737. In 1854, French luthier Vuillaume of Paris purchased The Messiah. “One day Tarisio was discoursing to Vuillaume on the merits of this unknown and marvelous instrument, when the violinist Jean-Delphin Alard exclaimed: ‘Then your violin is like the Messiah: one always expects him but he never appears’. Thus the violin was baptized with the name by which it is still known.”

The original Messiah violin is in like-new condition, as it was seldom played. However it was played by the famous violinist Joseph Joachim, who states he was struck by the combined sweetness and grandeur of the sound. It is one of the most valuable of all the Stradivari instruments.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Varnish:         Hand varnished
  • · Top:                Aged spruce dried for 15 years
  • · Back:              Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15 years
  • · Fitting:           Boxwood fittings
  • · Fingerboard: Ebony
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce
  • · String:            Synthetic string
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm; lower bout: 206mm; upper bout: 166mm; middle: 110mm.

(SN:229-S$1490) Stradivarius Messiah

(SN:229-S$1490) Stradivarius Messiah

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SN:218 S$1890-Copy of Joseph Guarneri Del Gesu Violin of the year 1730

(SN:218 S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Joseph Guarneri Del Gesu Violin of the year 1730-Russian Spruce aged 20yrs.

The Construction and Materials of this Violin:

  • · Vanish:      Italian antique varnished
  • · Top:            Excellence Aged Russian spruce dried for 20 years
  • · Back:          Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15years
  • · Fitting:      Ebony  or rosewood fitting
  • · Fingerboard:  Advance Ebony
  • · Soundpost:     European spruce
  • · String:       Synthetic string
  • · Bridge:      France Aubert bridge
  • · Purfling:  Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin are:

– body length: 355mm

– lower bout: 208mm

– upper bout: 168mm

– middle: 115mm.

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ABOUT JOSEPH  

GUARNERI DEL GESU: Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu ranks today as one of the two greatest violin makers of all time, although the marked difference between the appearance and sound of his instruments and those of  Stradivari makes comparison almost impossible. Some simply prefer Stradivari, and some (notably Paganini) prefer del Gesu.

Giuseppe trained with his father, Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreaand assisted him from about 1714 until 1722. In that year he left his father’s house to get married, and seems to have forsaken violin making for a few years. The earliest known instruments that are entirely his own work date from the late 1720s, but it was not until 1731 that he began to insert the label with the monogram IHS (‘Iesus Hominem Salvator’: ‘Jesus Saviour of Man’), which gave rise to his nickname ‘del Gesu’. He seems to have been strongly influenced by the Brescian school, and his work combines the best of the Cremonese tradition with the stretched C-bouts and exaggerated f-holes of Maggini and da Salo. Tonally, his instruments retain much of the sweetness of a Stradivari, but have a seemingly unlimited depth and darkness of sound, irrespective of the pressure of the bow. He reached his pinnacle as a craftsman in the mid-1730s, and produced some ravishingly beautiful instruments, such as the “King Joseph” of 1737. However, it is the later instruments that have come to represent all that is characteristic of del Gesu — the unbridled creativity, the astonishing disregard for the details of workmanship, and the sheer daring of design and construction that are the natural conclusion of the deeply ingrained individuality of the Guarneri family. The rapid spread of del Gesu’s fame in the mid-19th century was largely due to the patronage of Paganini, who played the “Cannon” of 1743 for most of his career.  (excerpted from Four Centuries of Violin Making by Tim Ingles.)

SN:215-Copy of Nicolaus Amati Violin from the year 1670-description and photos

(SN:215 S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Nicolaus Amati Violin of the year 1670-Russian Spruce aged 20yrs

THIS VIOLIN is a copy of Nicolaus Amati’s ‘Grand Pattern’ violin, which is slightly larger than the models designed by his father and grandfather. Today, these larger instruments, measuring about 35.6 cm. in body length, are particularly well-regarded by professional violinists because they produce a larger sound, more suited to modern concert halls, than the smaller models, which are still ideal for small chamber settings.

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ABOUT

NICOLAUS AMATI: Nicolaus was also known as Nicolo. His father Girolamo perished in the plague in 1630, as did many other violin makers including Nicolo’s main rival to the North, Giovanni Paulo Maggini of Brescia. At the same time, the demand for instruments of the violin family was growing, and Nicolo — still unmarried and childless — was, for the first time in the Amati family, forced take in outsiders as apprentices.

Starting in the early 1630s, Nicolo trained a succession of makers who would go on to expand violin-making in Cremona and throughout Italy. These included Andrea Guarneri, the first of the Guarneri family of makers and Giacomo Gennaro. While there is no documentary evidence that either Francesco Ruggieri or Antonio Stradivari worked in the Amati shop, it’s clear that they studied Nicolo’s instruments intently and attempted to duplicate his models and working methods. The same can be said of Jacob Stainer in Absam.

Finally in 1649, at the age of 54, Nicolo sired his first son, whom he named Girolamo in honor of his father. When Nicolo died in 1684, at the age of 88, Girolamo II inherited the shop and attempted to maintain the Amati supremacy, but with much less success than his ancestors.

Nicolo is considered by many to be one of the finest craftsmen in the history of violin making. Virtually all of his instruments are made with unerring precision and attention to detail. Nicolo is also famous for introducing the so-called ‘Grand Pattern’ violin, slightly larger than the models designed by his father and grandfather. Today, these larger instruments, measuring about 35.6 cm. in body length, are particularly well-regarded by professional violinists because they produce a larger sound, more suited to modern concert halls, than the smaller models, which are still ideal for small chamber settings.

The construction

  • · Vanish:             Italian antique varnished 
  • · Top:                   Excellence Aged Russian spruce dried for 20 years 
  • · Back:                 Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15years 
  • · Fitting:             Ebony  or Rosewood fitting
  • · Fingerboard: Ebony 
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce 
  • · String:             Synthetic string
  • · Bridge:            Aubert bridge
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin as:

–  body length:355mm

–  lower bout: 206mm

–  upper bout:166mm

–  middle: 117mm.

Original Stradivari and Guarneri Violins Information

INFORMATION ON SOME ORIGINAL STRADIVARI AND GUARNERI VIOLINS

Antonio Stradivari produced 1,116 instruments of which 960 were violins. Around 650 instruments survived, including 450 to 512 violins.

Arranged alphabetically below is some information on the following Stradivarius violins: the “Cremonese.”  the “Lady Blunt,” the “Messiah,” the “Soil,” the “Vieuxtemps,” and the “Viotti.” Also, two Guarneri del Gesu violins are included: the “Cannon” and the “Lord Wilton.”

THE CANNON GUARNERI – made in 1743 – played by Paganini

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“The Cannon” violin is also known by the variants Il Cannone del GesùCannone or Canon, and is often appended with the maker’s name “Guarneri del Gesù.” The violin received its name as the Cannon from a former owner, the Italian violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini (1782–1840), because of its power and resonance. Paganini called it “my cannon violin,” referring to the explosive sound that he was able to make it produce. This is considered one of Guarneri’s masterpieces. The violin has distinct features that set it apart from modern instruments, including a slightly shorter and thicker sound box and a markedly curved neck. Its tone is distinctly bright, yet full. The violin has survived intact and whole and was given by Paganini to the city of Genoa. Body length 35.4cm., Upper Bout 16.8 cm., Center Bout 11.1 cm, Lower Bout 20.7 cm.

Photo of Il Cannone Guarnerius on exhibit at Palazzo Doria Tursi, Genova, Italy. Photo Attribution: Sailko [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D

THE CREMONESE STRADIVARIUS – made in 1715

The Cremonese violin is one of Stradivari’s greatest masterpieces made during his Golden Period. The Cremonese was once owned by the famous violinist, Joseph Joachim. It was returned permanently to the Italian city of Cremona in 1961. The choice of wood, pattern, arching, varnish and sound is proof of Stradivari’s genius. This instrument has inspired some of the greatest makers in history and continues to be an inspiration today. The Cremonese is unique in the way it combines the sweetness and grandeur of a good Strad, while having the depth of a fine del Gesu. Body length 35.7cm., Upper Bout 16.8cm., Center Bout 11.2 cm, Lower Bout 20.75 cm.

THE LADY BLUNT STRADIVARIUS – made in 1721

Lady_Blunt_Stradivari-topThe Lady Blunt Stradivarius violin of 1721 is named after its first known owner Lady Anne Blunt, daughter of  Ada Lovelace, granddaughter of Lord Byron. The Lady Blunt is one of the two best-preserved Stradivarius violins in existence. It has survived in near-original condition since it has resided mostly in the hands of collectors and seen little use. The Lady Blunt was sold by Tarisio Auctions on their 20 June 2011 online auction for £9.8 million (US$15.9 million), more than four times the previous auction record for a Stradivarius, held by the Molitor. The proceeds will go to the Nippon Foundation’s Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Attribution: Tarisio Auctions.Violachick68 at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D

THE MESSIAH STRADIVARIUS – made in 1716

Messiah_StradivariusThe Messiah is considered the greatest surviving Stradivari violin by most leading experts. Thickness graduation maps of the “Messiah” violin show similar characteristics to those of the Betts (1704), Cremonese (1715), Tuscan-Medici (1716), and other Golden Age Stradivarius violins. Top plates are generally thin (2-3 mm), with the thickest areas (3-4 mm) occurring between the c-bouts and the f-holes. Back plates have a central concentric zone of greatest thickness (4-5 mm), in which the center of thickness lies distinctly left of the centerline in the Cremonese, Tuscan-Medici, and Kashininov violins. The thickness pattern on the back of the Messiah violin is almost identical to that of the Cremonese violin, including asymmetrical center of thickness points located more than 30 mm left of center. Body length 35.5 cm., Upper Bout 16.75 cm., Center Bout 10.83 cm, Lower Bout 20.8 cm.

Attribution: © Pruneau / Wikimedia Commons

 

THE SOIL STRADIVARIUS – made in 1714 – played by Menuhin and Perlman

No other Stradivari has had as much experience on the concert platform as this violin. The Soil has a strikingly handsome appearance. It would be difficult to find maple wood with more extravagant figure, illuminated by Stradivari’s greatest varnish. The provenance of this violin includes the French luthier and collector Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume .The Soil was acquired by Yehudi Menuhin in 1950 and in 1986 by Itzhak Perlman. In the opinion of many, this is the greatest sounding Stradivari of them all. Body length 35.8 cm., Upper Bout 16.8cm., Lower Bout 20.8 cm.

LORD WILTON GUARNERI DEL GESU – made in 1742 – played by Menuhin

Considered a masterpiece, the Lord Wilton was constructed during del Gesu’s latter years. This instrument was in the possession of the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin and would become his favorite violin to play in public. A letter from Menuhin in 1974 tells how he preferred the tone of his Guarneri over that of his Stradivari violin. Guarneri used deeply rippled, beautifully figured maple for the back, neck and scroll. While the maple is typically used by Guarneri in his latter years, the spruce used for the top is from the same stock he had at his disposal in his early years. The oddly cut, extended sound holes and freely cut scroll expresses the master’s extravagant style. As with many of the violins by del Gesu, the Lord Wilton possesses great tone and reponse. Body length 35.2cm., Upper Bout 16.8 cm., Center Bout 11.2 cm, Lower Bout 20.6 cm.

THE VIEUXTEMPS STRADIVARIUS VIOLIN – made in 1709:

The Vieuxtemps Stradivarius violin has a body length of 357mm and upper and lower bouts of 168mm and 208mm respectively. It is among the fullest, broadest violins that Stradivari ever built. The choice, highly figured maple on the back recalls the wood used in other violins of the period including the King Maximilian and Scotta violins, both of 1709, and the Ries of 1710. Stradivari often made heads of less figured wood than on his backs, presumably for ease of carving, but the head and the ribs of the Viuextemps violin are all made of highly figured wood that matches that of the back. The spruce for the top of the violin is also extremely fine and the front, sides and head of the violin are all covered with the finest possible varnish of a fiery red color on a brilliant ground coat. The tone of the 1710 Vieuxtemps violin is nothing less than thrilling. There is reserve power in every range; indeed there are no problem notes and no discernable weaknesses save for a wolf-note on C natural on the G-string. The whole violin, and especially the E-string invites seemingly limitless colors and beauty of tone. The response of the violin is fast and even as long as one is playing close to the bridge.

THE VIOTTI STRADIVARIUS VIOLIN – made in 1709:

This violin is one of the best masterpieces made by Stradivari during his golden period. If the “Messiah” is preserved in a superior condition, then we can say that the “Viotti” is in a very good condition. Besides the wonderful craftsmanship, the wood is superior and the ruby-like varnish also makes this violin incomparable. In France, the Viotti was admired and highly sought after among the instrument makers of the era, most notably Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. The first biography of Stradivari, authored by Francois Fetis, explained the unparalleled quality of his instruments and contained a list of the best examples, placing the Viotti third.

ELECTRIC VIOLINS Available Now

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ELECTRIC VIOLINS:                  (Click here to go back to “New Violins”)

Do you want to PRACTICE LATE AT NIGHT? Well now you can practice anytime, anywhere using the S$390 to $450 SILENT ELECTRIC VIOLIN or almost new Fender FV1 electric violin for $690 (usual retail of S$1177). The silent violin is solid so it makes very little sound. You listen through headphones which are provided for the Solid Electric Violins. All models include a case, bow, rosin, and lead.

All Silent Solid Electric Violins come with the following accessories:

– Available Strings2u Model EV1:SOLID for $450: with headphones and a large 1/4 inch output for  a more dependable connection to a speaker. It features three controls on top: volume, treble and bass. Also, it comes with 5 strings to play both viola and violin music.

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 Available Strings2u Model EV2:SOLID for $390: with headphones and a large 1/4 inch output for  a more dependable connection to a speaker. It features two controls on the left side: volume and tone.

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-Available: almost new Fender FV1 electric violin for $690 (usual retail of S$1177): the Fender FV1 electric violin comes in its original case (hard case with soft-style exterior, lined in plush velvet fabric and velvet blanket) with bow, shoulder rest, headphones, rosin and straps. This electric violin has an excellent sound which can be controlled by the easy to access volume and tone controls to the right of the bridge. It is a very well-reviewed violin coming in a stunning gloss black finish.

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-Available Strings2u Model EV:HOLLOW for $390:  If you want a normal acoustic violin that you can plug in to play with a band through a speaker or P.A. We have available a normal acoustic violin which has been fitted with a pickup under the bridge and on the side it has controls for tone and volume and a 1/4 inch output for a lead. Also, it comes with 5 strings to play both viola and violin music. This model does not have a headphone output so it does not require a 9 volt battery.

VIOLIN MULTI-EFFECTS PROCESSOR for S$150: An electric violin really sounds best when it is run through an effects processor. This is because an electric violin can tend to sound too “scratchy” or bright.  The Multi-Effects Processor will WARM UP and SMOOTHEN OUT the sound.

This $150 MULTI-EFFECTS PROCESSOR is small enough to fit on your pants belt or strap. Here is what it can do: It will output to a 1/4″ normal guitar lead and also has a HEADPHONE OUTPUT. There are 40 DRUM patterns built in to play along to. The EFFECTS that are included are EQ, REVERB, DELAY, CHORUS/ FLANGER/ PHASER/ TREMELO, DISTORTION/ OVERDRIVE/ CRUNCH/ FUZZ/ METAL. It has a TUNER, TONE and VOLUME controls and it is powered by two AAA batteries or an adaptor which is included. Also, it is small (12.8cm x 8.4cm x 4.5cm) and light (160g) and clips on your belt or strap. You listen through headphones which are provided. If interested, please call Peter on +65 96611413 and photos will be sent to you.

BUYING a VIOLIN in Sydney

BUYING a VIOLIN in Sydney:

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Buying a CHILDREN’S VIOLIN can be an expensive affair. Of course, parents and teachers want the child to have the best sounding violin they can afford.

HOW CAN I HELP? I can help you to get the best sounding violin to suit your budget.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY?
For the beginners violins $170-$290, I select the best sounding violins so you may not need to pay more to get a good sounding violin. Buying from Strings2u situated at Chisholm St Wolli Creek Sydney, YOU SHOULD PAY A LOT LESS than the retail price for the ADVANCED violins. My prices are around HALF THE PRICE. This is because I do not have to cost in the overheads like a retail shop, such as rental and staff salaries.
Also, as a violin teacher I have selected the best sounding BEGINNER ($170) and INTERMEDIATE ($350) violins for students, and set them up to sound their best.
TO SEE PHOTOS and DETAILED DESCRIPTION of the violins please click “New Violins” or “Antique Violins.”
BEGINNER’S VIOLIN: If you are just a beginner then I can supply you with a New Beginner’s Violin which costs ONLY S$170 (which includes the violin, the case, the bow and resin).
Once your boy/girl reaches 1/2 size and completes Book 1, then you can consider buying an intermediate violin. By then he/she will have enough skills to harness the qualities of a better violin.

INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED Violin – beyond Book 1: A student is ready for an intermediate violin when they progress beyond Book 1. They will benefit from having a better sounding violin.

Intermediate to Advanced Violins are available as follows:
Chinese handmade Violins: 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 and 4/4 or full-sized.
Antique Violins: 7/8 and 4/4 or full-sized (1/2 & 3/4 are very rare)
What’s the difference? The new Chinese Violins have a brighter sound while the antique violins have a warmer sound due to their age. In price there is not a significant difference. Both New and Antique Violins range from $490-$2190 and above.