Holstein Workshop violins are handcrafted by one experienced luthier in our select VSA award-winning workshop. The quality of workmanship goes far beyond anything else we’ve seen in this price range. The tops are made of fine quality Italian spruce, and the back and ribs from Bosnian maple (100+ year old wood, aged and dried a minimum of 10 years). Our Holstein Workshop violins are made in various replicas and copies of violins made by the old masters, such as Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù, Amati, and Maggini. The quality and dimensions of the wood, as well as the varnish, are copied from the originals to achieve the same tonal qualities.
The Soil Stradivarius violin was originally made in 1714 by Antonio Stradivari. The Soil Stradivarius was considered one of his finest violins ever made. It was owned by Amédée Soil, and was named after him. It was thereafter acquired by Yehudi Menuhin and he played it from 1950 to 1986. It was then purchased by Itzhak Perlman who used this violin to record the "Cinema Serenade" soundtrack in 1997
Holstein Workshop violins are setup with premium quality fittings and strings to bring the most out of the instrument. The Despiau “Three Tree” bridge is hand-carved and fitted to perfection by our luthiers during the setup process.
Fingerboard: Fine Ebony
Strings: Maker's choice. Standard is Thomastik Vision. We select and match the strings carefully to bring the most out of each individual instrument.
Certificate of Authenticity
This Holstein violin is sold with a certificate of authenticity; handwritten, stamped and signed by our in-house luthier.
Customer service: Astronimically phenomenal you won't find a better place with a great team who aims to get you exactly what you want. 14 day in-home trail, trade-in options, fast shipping, and outstanding customer service plus quality instruments? I was hooked. And still am! I had purchased a Scott Cao STV 750 Cannon from a different dealer online which was a risky move because yes, purchasing an instrument online is scary! Luckily I found Fiddlershop who gladly accepted a trade-in towards one of thier violins. When no one wanted to accept my trade-in, Fiddlershop was there to say "yes" and when I was looking for a serious instrument Fiddlershop was also there to say "we have it". The instrument itself is gorgeous both visually and audibly. Flamed with notes of light brown to supple honey color, the instrument is sure to take over the spotlight with its warm yet light color. The wood, pegs, fingerboard, etc. are all genuine wood and feel incredible in your hands. It arrived with Vision strings which made it sound bright and cheery. I often times compare violins to flowers and this one was a sunflower! It was sweet, sonorous, and bright yet not annoyingly bright. Filled with overtones up and down the fingerboard my fingers dashed away with excerpts from Mozart, Vivaldi, and Beethoven; through scales and Suzuki I thought to myself in realization, "this is the violin for me". Upon purchasing this fine instrument I took the liberty of switching the strings to Evah Pirazzi. And it changed the tone significantly but for the better) to a rose flower! Meaning, the sound was more complex, whole, lush with overtones, warm yet projecting and pleasant. I decided to keep the Evahs on. Because this instrument is a Holstein violin, Michael was very generous to pair it with a case for free please don't take my word for it, verify with the shop to see if this deal still applies). The case is definitely a bargain as if I wasn't hooked by the instrument itself). Just the quality of the case makes it worth up to $300+ it comes equipped with a hygrometer, thermometer, four bow holders, nice fitted French style for the instrument, and several pockets to fit in things like rosin, mutes, etc. plus, they even added a pouch to keep the instrument protected. What I appreciated most about doing business with Pierre and Michael Holstein is that they're a family business; they're honest, caring, patient, and passionate about what they do and sell. Plus their Ten Point inspection they do on the instrument really reeled me in. A beautiful instrument perfected. Thank you Michael and Pierre and those at Fiddlershop for giving me the violin of my dreams.
A couple of weeks ago, I emailed Fiddlershop a question regarding three violins they had for sale on the site. I was looking to upgrade from my student model violin to something that would not be a hindrance because of poor quality of materials and construction. I am what I consider a beginner but the violin I was using seemed to fight me at every turn, so I began looking for something better and that would grow with me for many years.Within an hour or so of my email, I received a response to my question from Michael. He told me his thoughts about which of the three violins were the best quality. He, then said that there was a new violin that he felt exceeded the quality and performance of the three I had listed but it wasn't yet for sale on the store website...the Holstein Soil Strad. Though a series of emails sent back and forth, Michael sent me pictures of the violin and said that they would put together a video showing me the violin in action. True to his word, the next day, he called me and told me that the video was available for review. That night, when I got home from work, I watched the video...and watched the video...and watch the video.I watched as Pierre played the Soil and I was impressed by the appearance of the violin but even more so by the warm, rich tones I was hearing. I compared it to other videos of violins that the store had posted and was convinced that this was the violin I was looking for.The violin arrived two days later, beautifully packaged and presented. The violin was still in tune when I plucked the strings for the first time.The violin is even more beautiful in person and the construction is clearly of extremely high quality and finish. It is light and well balanced. In fact, this is the first violin I've owned that I can play easily without a shoulder rest. It doesn't feel like it wants to slip out or fall. I attribute this to the high quality and light, balanced feel.I took my bow and began running scales on each string. Just as on the video, the sound was warm and rich and the E string did not sound whiny as it does on my student violin. The Soil is also much easier to play. It is very responsive and seems very agile. This is a fantastic violin in every respect! It is a joy to play and listen to and I look forward to each practice session as I seem to be making faster progress on the Soil. I am extremely please with my purchase.Thanks to Michael for the fantastic customer service he provided all along the way. I was a little apprehensive about purchasing such a high ticket item online but Michael assured me that this was a quality instrument. From my communications with Michael and other reviews I have read, it's clear that this is a wonderful family business that demonstrates a high degree of integrity. They stand behind what they sell.
I had credit to use from renting at a local violin shop in Houston. I had tried so many different violins over 6 months and was settling on one that was at the top of my price range which actually needed a bit of repair) when I saw that the shop had received some new violins! I tried the Holstein Soil Stradivarius and immediately knew it was the one. I have not regretted my decision at all. I feel like I ended up with an awesome quality instrument, better than the more expensive one I was going to purchase that day. All of the Holstein violins were beautiful to look and even the Luthier at my local shop was impressed with the detail, It does NOT look like a workshop instrument in comparison to the others in the same price range. I have very much enjoyed practicing and playing in my church orchestra on this violin. Its sound is very balanced and makes me a better player. I feel like I have found the best violin I could in my price range.
My daughter absolutely loves the sound and look of this violin. Clare and Alex provided excellent customer service throughout my multiple phone calls. They were both patient with my endless questions. We also really enjoyed your Youtube videos though the In-home demo really allowed us to make the final decision in out purchase. Thank you again!!!!
This violin was not on my radar when I began looking into the market for a new violin. I tried several Scott Cao violins in a variety of patterns before getting the chance to try this Soil from Holstein. I trusted Mike when I ordered this instrument, and it pleased me to receive it promptly. As an aside, Mike's advice and conscientious aid were invaluable, and I am thankful to Pierre for taking the time to play it for me. Back to the violin.... On receiving the violin, I found the tightly grained and antiqued spruce top to be quite beautiful, and as I rolled the strad replica over in my hand I noted the violin's fine flamed maple back to be the quintessence of well figured wood. The form mirrored the function, for the violin stunned me as I played it. The under ear tone is magnificent in depth, projection, and body. "What a violin..." I whispered to myself when I finally put it down. My words, I feel, cannot give justice to this violin; I feel privileged to have gotten such a masterwork instrument. My council: if you can afford it buy one, and I feel you will enjoy it for the rest of your lifetime.
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