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The Soil Stradivarius violin was originally made in 1714 by Antonio Stradivari.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.
I played consistently for about 7-8 years growing up and then hardly at all for about 14 years. I picked it back up about 6 months ago with my old violin (600$ student violin) and, as I got back up to speed I noticed it was not doing me any favors. Time for an upgrade! Enter the Soil. This is a beautiful instrument in sight and sound. At first I noticed how rich and full it is. With time, I grew to enjoy its spectrum. Is can be very sweet and delicate, but can also dark and melancholy. I enjoy practicing so much more now! Shipping was a breeze, and customer service incredibly helpful in this process. This is a very reliable company. I would not hesitate to purchase from them again (and I have - I got a “******” carbon fiber violin from them too for camping)
This violin and the customer service here were above and beyond any expectation that I had. I am an adult that purchased this for myself after 6 months of playing on an “advanced beginner” violin from a chain music store. The difference in sound is so great that my husband could tell an immediate difference. My dog will stay in the room while I practice now- he used to run for cover! I highly recommend Fiddlershop for ANY of your violin questions and products.
Thank you so much Christine, we really appreciate you taking the time to praise us like this :) We're glad your enjoying your new Soil, it's a beautiful violin!
Setup was perfection. Great string recommendation (much appreciated!). Clean and bright on the high end, full and warm on the low. Very fast, light and springy feel. An absolute joy to play. Service and quality met my very high expectations. Highly recommend this violin and especially this fine shop.
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!!!!
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.
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