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.
The Holstein Kreisler replica is a copy of Guarneri del Gesu’s master piece, the “Kreisler”, made in 1730. The original violin was played by the great violinist Fritz Kreisler as his primary concert instrument. The “Kreisler” 1730 had long been regarded as among the finest works of Guarneri's early years.
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 Thomastik Vision. We select and match the strings carefully to bring the most out of each individual instrument.
I spent 16 years playing violin seriously and graduated with a 4 year music performance degree. After my beloved violin was stolen, I just wanted the best sounding instrument money aside. Before buying this violin I spent time playing violins at respected shops anywhere from 800 to 35000 dollars. This violin has a sweet tone yet can also project. It was very easy for me to play as well as create varied tone color. The tonal characteristics across all strings is very even with no notes sticking out. This violin came out slightly ahead of another violin i had considered buying for 10k. I probably should deduct half a star for the setup but i wont because it was such a good buy. Thanks Fiddlershop!
I bought this violin after watching and listening to so many of Michael’s videos on his website/YouTube. I seemed to take a lot of time in thinking about and considering the violin that was right for me. When I needed to make a choice between two, Michael made a comparison video for me that helped me come to my conclusion. It was to buy the Kreisler violin. For a violin that would meet my specific purposes and budget at that time, I must say that even today, I really enjoy playing this violin. It feels comfortable, looks amazing, and has a strong powerful, carrying, sound with good tone (for the price). I also liked the option that if I had wanted to exchange it for another one, all I had to do was return it.
We purchased this for our 12 year old daughter. She absolutely loves it. It's a beautiful instrument with a huge sound. Highly recommend this.
Very, very nice instrument as all reviewers have already said. Amazing tone and playability accompanied by somewhat astounding volume. At full bore it is much louder than any of my other violins, but can be sweet and soft when required. I am very happy with it. If I was going to nit-pick anything, I would mention that the neck is ever so slightly sticky which I am sure can be taken care of easily enough. I am a life-long guitarist and always complaining about the sticky necks on Gibson guitars. You can get rid of it, but it always comes back because it is lacquer. The Cremona Kriesler is a varnish, so shouldn't be an issue. Great violin!
I waited an extra week for this model because it was out of stock. I'm so happy that I did. This instrument is incredibly satisfying to play. It sounds way better than models available in my local shop that are twice the cost. Thank you FiddlerShop
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