Holstein Bench Maggini Review
Made in one of our award-winning workshops, this Holstein violin is inspired by the original Guarneri Paolo Maggini violin made in 1630. This instrument is bench made, which means that it was made individually by one of our master luthiers from start to finish. Maggini would make his violins larger than average, which is a big reason why his violins have such a powerful and deep projection.
The best known maker of the Brescian school, Giovanni Paolo Maggini was born in Botticino and moved to Brescia around 1586 to train with Gasparo da Salò. After 20 years of work for da Salò, Maggini struck out on his own and began to develop his own models. His violins are based on two unique patterns, one of which is about 35.5 cm (same as this violin, represented on this product page) and conforms to contemporary standards for length. The other is significantly larger, about 37 cm. Maggini himself seems to have preferred the larger model for its powerful sound quality, and indeed the increased length may have inspired the celebrated 'Long Pattern' violins of Antonio Stradivari.
- Structure: Top made of highest quality Italian spruce, and back of Bosnian maple
- Varnish: Antiqued Italian oil varnish
Fittings: Boxwood (Ebony on rare occasion)
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 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.
Welcome to the Dark Side
I had Fiddlershop send me this violin and the Premium Lord Wilton. I was rooting for the L.W., because Michael played it so beautifully in the promo video, but it was a bit underwhelming (user experience may vary). But, holy cow, the Maggini is next level. It has a big, dark, lovely sound. I highly value projection, and this violin has that quality in spades. Not only will you learn to love the sound, so will your neighbor. I also tried a dozen or so professional violins at the local violin shop after receiving the Maggini. The only instrument I liked better was an $8,000 antique French violin. The instrument selection included the Ming Zhu European Wood. I was hoping to play a 925 to compare to, but that didn't work out. If you have to find something to nitpick about, it might be that the sound is bordering on being too open. There's just a hint of "muddiness". The large f-holes (people look at me funny when I say that word out loud) help facilitate the big sound, but there's a little tradeoff. If you like a very focused sound, this violin is not for you.
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