Made in one of our award-winning workshops, this Holstein violin is inspired by the original Antonio Stradivarius violin made in 1686. This instrument is bench made, which means that it was made individually by one of our master luthiers from start to finish.
This 'Frances Day' Cremona c. 1686 has a two-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.
- 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.
Purchase includes a quality oblong violin case.
Holstein instruments go through Fiddlershop's quality control and adjustment process. We take every measure to make each instrument sound its best. They are also covered by Fiddlershop's Lifetime Structural Warranty and include free lifetime 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.
The Premium Bench Stradivari 1686 is truly lovely. The finish is brilliant, vibrant, but without being overdone. There is just the right amount of fire in it to capture your attention and make you say, "Oh my!" The boxwood fittings are tasteful and add so much richness to the overall look of the violin, as well as to the tone. It is a well-balanced violin. When you pick it up, there is no feeling of heaviness anywhere, no place where it feels a bit weighted. It feels nearly weightless, and yet, it has an amazing presence. It stays in tune. Not only after playing, but if it sits overnight. I have yet to see how it does over two days, because it is such a dream to play, that I can hardly wait to pick it up every day. The tone. This is one of those subjective things, where you wonder "How do I describe something this amazing? This captivating?" I knew from the demo video and the comparison video, that it was going to be incredible, but to actually play and produce the richness of the harmonics is impossible to describe. Not only do the harmonics come through at the depths, they hover over the top of the strings, ringing like bells. Yes. I kid you not. Bells. (Of course, this is when my intonation is spot on.) The violin is friendly and quite accommodating. It can play sad pieces, happy, cheerful, and when you play Bach, oh, it is delightful. The responsiveness is impressive and rather playful. For me, the bowing is much easier on this violin. It took me a few sessions to get the intonation, but once I did, I was instantly rewarded. I play a lot of Irish music, and this violin has such a voice that it almost talks in some of the pieces, especially when I play O'Carolan. It is easy to express, not only to play the notes, but to express them. Another thing is that when I viewed the videos, I chose this violin because it felt more accessible, friendlier. And I am so tickled I chose this one. In summary, I consider it to have a stately cheerfulness. In conclusion, I was hesitant to purchase such a fine violin, because I thought my skill-set would let it down. But oh no, this violin is ready to be a teacher, and it praises my progress with a sound I had no idea I would ever be able to produce. So, my advice? If you know that you are going to play because you love playing the violin, go ahead and buy the best violin that you can. It is well worth it.
Fiddlershop is a small family-owned business located in South Florida. Since 2012 we have been serving the string community with quality instruments and accessories. We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford.