Made in one of our award-winning workshops, this Holstein violin is inspired by the original Guarneri 'Del Gesu' 'Lord Wilton' (Cremona c. 1742). This instrument is bench made, which means that it was made individually by one of our master luthiers from start to finish.
This 'Lord Wilton' has a spectacular one-piece back with deep, wide and remarkable flaming. The quality and dimensions of the wood (as well as the varnish) are copied from the original, to achieve the same tonal qualities.
Considered a masterpiece, the 1742 Lord Wilton (sometimes called the ex-Yehudi Menuhin) was named after Seymour Egerton, 4th Earl of Wilton, a musician, associate of Arthur Sullivan, and 19th century owner of the instrument. The Lord Wilton was constructed during del Gesu's later years. This instrument was later 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.
- Structure: Top made of highest quality Italian spruce, and back of Bosnian maple
- Varnish: Antiqued Italian oil varnish
- Fittings: Boxwood
- Bridge: Hand-carved professional level Despiau 3-tree or Holstein Deluxe Bridge
- Strings: Player's or Maker's choice. We select and match the strings carefully to bring the most out of each individual instrument. For any string preference, please contact us or add a comment to your order.
When you buy this violin, it comes with a quality oblong case.
Holstein instruments go through Fiddlershop's quality control and adjustment process. We take every measure to make each instruments sound its best. They are also covered by Fiddlershop's Lifetime Structural Warranty and include lifetime free adjustments.
Still not convinced?
You can request this violin on an In-Home-Trial, or request a personal video. If you can't decide between two models, we can record and send a comparison video for you to pick and choose. Chat with us, send us an email, or give us a call (800-595-0592) for a professional consultation.
I first bought a violin from Fiddlershop 8 years ago, & I decided to step up a few weeks ago. After getting it on a home trial, I decided on the Lord Wilton Premium Bench. It is a beautiful instrument with a wonderful tone. The violin was set up well, and packed securely. Customer service was outstanding, as always. I am very pleased with this purchase—I feel fortunate to own this violin.
Like always the customer experience is absolutely amazing, it’s first rate service all the time with extremely knowledgable staff. The violin is exceptional, able to pack-a-punch with deep rich tones and sweet tones in the higher register that have a certain brilliance to it. On top of that the violin is simply beautiful to look at and is in every way a piece of art.
I was shopping around for a fractional sized instrument but there were not many choices after Christmas. Many thanks to Clare for pointing me to this instrument. It arrived very quickly and I appreciate that. It is beautifully made, very lightweight, with a clear, warm tone of more-than-sufficient volume and will be my instrument of choice when I sit for my exams. Shipping had rattled the set up resulting in a false wolf tone but a trip to the luthier quickly fixed that. Thank you again!
Played on daily for over a year. Over a period of six months I tried probably 50 violins, six of them from Fiddlershop. I’m very happy that I saved and waited till I could try this one. Beautiful instrument with a very powerful sound that is better than you would expect at this price range. Other players are often surprised at how much violin this is when I tell them what I paid. It’s also, as you would expect from Fiddlershop, perfectly set up. Very happy with this purchase.
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