Holstein Traditional violins: handcrafted in our select VSA award-winning workshop. These instruments are made from the high quality European tonewoods; select spruce for the top and select maple for the back and ribs of the instruments. Our Holstein Traditional 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 patterns and dimensions of the wood, as well as the varnish, are copied from the originals to achieve the same tonal qualities.
This is a replica of the original Guarneri Cannon Violin. Niccolò Paganini passed on his Guarneri del Gesù violin ‘Il Cannone’ (The Cannon) to the City of Genova, which received the instrument from Paganini’s son Achille in 1851, eleven years after Paganini’s death. For over a century it was carefully conserved by the Genovese authorities and rarely played; this has given us a priceless gift of a masterpiece in astonishingly pure condition.
In the 1960s the ‘Cannon’ was refitted and set up for modern playing conditions. From the late 1970s up to the first years of this century it then went through quite an intense period of use and some of the world’s best players had the privilege to play it.
Holstein Traditional violins are setup with quality fittings and strings to bring the most out of the instrument. The Despiau “Three Tree” bridge is hand-carved and fitted to each individual instrument by our luthiers during the set-up process
Varnish: Real hand applied oil varnish
Fingerboard: Fine Ebony
Strings: Maker's choice. Standard is Kaplan Amo Strings or D'Addario Zyex. We select and match the strings carefully to bring the most out of each individual instrument.
I have been playing bluegrass fiddle for about 6 years and wanted to upgrade to a fine violin. My old fiddle, while adequate for learning and playing, just didn't have the power and sound I was looking for. After researching the internet diligently for about a month, I found what I was looking for at Fiddlershop.com. Wow, talk about customer service and great prices! It was such a pleasure dealing with Mike. This GCV Cannon is simply awesome. At first I was a little disappointed until the strings settled in and this violin came "alive". Just like Pierre's demo, this violin not only has power when needed, but has a very sweet sound for soft playing. The E string sings like a bird from low to high position and the more I play, the better the fiddle sounds. The violin has a beautiful antique finish and as other reviews have mentioned, the online photos don't do it justice. Cheap violins from China have tarnished their craft, but makers like GCV are the real deal.
These guys at Fiddlershop are great! When I mentioned that I wanted to exchange my original purchase for a different model, Michael set me up with the GCV Cannon. I've only had this violin two days but I compelled to share with whomever is shopping for an upgrade or to just buy another violin, you should invest your time to consider this sweet instrument! It plays like a warm breeze or can sound like thunder. The tone from top to bottom resonates throughout the whole body. It's light yet very powerful and plays with such little effort. Evidenced by the full sound, craftsmanship, and beauty, GCV has set itself apart within the violin community as a leader in the industry. Pierre and Michael have certainly done their homework in searching for such affordable instruments with the highest quality. You can check out GCV instruments online and read for yourself the extent of quality control that goes into each of their stringed instruments. I am grateful for Pierre and Michael and all the folks at Fiddlershop) for all the hard work that goes into providing the best sounding instruments, at affordable prices, and lightning speed with which they deliver. Without a doubt, at Fiddlershop.com, customer satisfaction is paramount. I have experienced firsthand the personalized attention given to every customer, and I must say it is most refreshing! Thank You!, to everyone at Fiddlershop that has made my lifelong wish come true...to finally own an instrument that I can be proud to own and play.
Found this fiddle when I stopped by the fiddlershop in person. I've been playing it for several months now and couldn't be happier, tone is only getting better. Setup was great and fiddlershops service is top notch.
I would recommend this violin to anyone. I purchased this at the end of last year from Alison Sparrow the online piano and violin tutor. You could not have asked for a better review of a violin it was like having your own personal violin tutor come to the shop with you and without a doubt gave me the courage to make such a large first time purchase. Its a wonderful one piece back in a dark antique mahogany. I'll admit I was a bit thrown by the antiquing at first but now wouldn't have it any other way. It sounds great and I'm sure that it will only improve as time goes by. Thoroughly enjoying the experience of learning the violin and would highly recommend both the fiddlerman and Alison's tutorials. To anyone who is self teaching. It is a pity I can't upload any pictures of the violin as the stock picture above just doesn't do it any justice.
Quite the violin for the price! Love the sound and it's truly a beautiful instrument. Couldn't be happier.
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