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.
Lord Wilton 1742
(Got my "Lord Wilton", just before Fiddlershop sold out!!! WHEW!!!!!) I love my new "Lord Wilton"!!! It sounds awesome. Honestly, although I've played a long time, I don't know that much about fiddles. Nobody ever taught me. AFTER I bought the fiddle, I saw a YouTube video, saying that two indications, are the flame of the Maple on the back, and the tightness of Spruce grain on the top ("Belly' it's called! Learned that too!). "Lord Wilton" excels in both. Prior to purchasing, I was impressed that "Lord Wilton" has a single-piece back. The reason I chose "Lord Wilton", is that Holstein has luthiers in France, Germany, and Italy (THE locations for Luthiers), and the "Lord Wilton" had the MOST REVIEWS (Others know better than me!), in the price range I sought. I upgraded to pernambuco accessories (pegs, chinrest, tailpiece), and I love 'em. The setup job by Fiddlershop, was noticeably superior to the other setup jobs by the Music Store down the street. I love the SELECTION and the ACCESSORIES available at Fiddlershop. I play Old-time Fiddle. It is my belief that many Old-Time Fiddlers would greatly improve the quality of their music, by playing more cleanly (no squeaks, squawks, or crunches, better intonation). Since I financially retired in 2013 (to become a FULL-TIME FIDDLE PLAYER!!!), I have developed a BRAND NEW approach to fiddling, AIMED at cleanliness (new grip, bowing arm BELOW the fiddle, more CIRCULAR approach to bowing). The "Lord Wilton" is a major player, in my efforts to play a sound that I describe, as "Classical Hillbilly". Roger Reynard
I tried a number of violins and then ordered this one without a trial; based on my experience with Fiddlershop. Clare and Michael and everyone was absolutely fantastic to work with and made a video of the violin after string set up. It arrived a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely love it! The clarity and responsiveness are every bit as good my modern Italian made violin, and the tone is better. Very warm and sweet with an almost viola-like G string and a clear singing E; absolutely lovely! I've been playing it every day and it's already opening up a bit; I think it will get better with time. The only minor comment is that the chinrest was higher than I'm used to, but after some shoulder rest adjustments it was perfectly comfortable. :) Absolutely wonderful; and the Fiddlershop customer service is always world class!
I can't even tell you how many violins I tried when looking this past year and a half. I have played violin and fiddle since I was 9. Going on 20 years of violin! I wanted a violin that would be good for playing in an orchestra and great for fiddle. The Lord Wilton does exactly that. One of the nicest instruments I have played, especially for the price. I get compliments on it often. It has a fantastic fiddle sound and a great even tone for classical/pops type music. On top of that, Fiddlershop was more than helpful with trials and the buying process. The customer support is top notch. Thank you for making the exact violin I was looking for!!
Lord Wilton Premium Bench
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.
Wonderful violin with an amazing sound.
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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