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.

SN:227 S$1690-Stradivarius Francesca-1694

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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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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.)

BUYING a VIOLIN in Sydney

BUYING a VIOLIN in Sydney:

(courtesy of Wikipedia)

Buying a VIOLIN can be an expensive affair. Of course, you want to have the best sounding violin for your money. However, it is difficult to know if you are really getting your money’s worth or over paying. 

HOW CAN I HELP? As a teacher, I have been helping students to get the best sounding violin for their money. started to purchase violins for my students as I was not I can help you to get the best sounding violin to suit your budget.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY?
For the beginners violins $290-$390, I select the best sounding violins so you may not need to pay more to get a good sounding violin.
For ADVANCED violins, YOU SHOULD PAY A LOT LESS than the retail price as Strings2u prices are around HALF THE PRICE. This is because I do not have to cost in the overheads such as rental and staff salaries.
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 ($290) and INTERMEDIATE ($400-$500) 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 $290-$390 (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 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 $590-$2190 and above.

What Size Violin Do I Need? – Fitting the violin by arm length

THERE ARE TWO METHODS OF DETERMINING WHAT SIZE VIOLIN YOU OR YOUR CHILD NEED:

METHOD 1:

A. MEASURE YOURSELF: Measure in inches, the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm (when your arm is fully extended just like holding a violin).

B. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE VIOLIN: Match the Violin Size given below with the measurement you have just taken. If your measurement is in between sizes, get the Violin Size that is below your measurement.
Violin Size – Arm Length in inches:
4/4 – 23 inches
3/4 – 22”
1/2 – 20”
1/4 – 18 ½”
1/8 – 16 ½”
1/10 – 15”
1/16 – 14”

METHOD 2:

If you don’t have a tape measure, there is a fast way to check:
A. Hold the violin in playing position on your left shoulder (preferably using a shoulder rest).
B. Extend your left arm further and with your left hand try to wrap your fingers all the way around the SCROLL (see diagram – wrap your fingers around the curled, round piece of wood at the end of the neck).

C. If you can see your finger nails wrapping around the scroll, then the violin is the right size and not too big for you. However, if you can wrap the fingers around without needing to straighten your elbow and arm, then the violin is too small for you and you need to try the next size.

(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)