Holstein Traditional violins: handcrafted in our select VSA award-winning workshop. These instruments are made from high quality European tonewoods; select spruce for the top and select maple for the back and ribs. 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' is a replica of Guarneri del Gesù’s masterpiece 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
Bridge: Hand-carved professional level Despiau 3-tree or Holstein 3-star Bridge
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 received the
I received the Kreisler from Fiddlerman about ten days ago. Although I am Dutch, and there are some good luthiers around in my own country, I bought a violin from Fiddlerman because I liked his website and his video's very much and I appreciate his way of entrepreneuring honest and with passion). But above all I trust his ear. Fiddlerman has been a professional violinist in an orchestra for I don't know how many years, and he knows what he is talking about. Until the day I received the Kreisler I rented a violin from a luthier not far from here - a German Guarneri copy from the beginning of the 20th century. That one sounded reasonably good, had a warm, though a bit "closed" sound. What struck me most when I got the Holstein Kreisler, is how beautiful it looked and how light it was. It looks antique and stylish, without looking worn or neglected. The Kreisler, also a Guarneri copy not a Stradivarius copy as Fiddlerman says in the video about the Kreisler, in another video he admits that he is very bad at remembering names:):)) is considerably lighter than my previous violin. The Kreisler is starting to open up bit by bit now, and I must say that the sound is getting more impressive by the day. I would describe the sound as full and at the same time silvery and very open although it has been played upon for only slightly more than a week now). In the lower registers the violin body vibrates impressively, but nicely and evenly. You can feel the vibrations all through your chest, which is a beautiful sensation. In the higher registers the sound is sweet and bright.Fiddlerman's service is great, the man really cares about his customers very much.I will keep you abreast about the sound developments of my Kreisler in the next weeks and months.
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!
Moving on up
Moving on up the Fiddlershop line I now own a Kreisler and it is very nice indeed. The tone is rich and full, a more advanced tone. The instrument itself has beautiful flaming to the wood and is a sheer pleasure to play. It plays easily even at low bow pressure and sounds sweet through its entire range. There is a quality feel to everything about it even to the tuning pegs. I am very happy with this instrument.
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
Dont think of this violin as a student violin!
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!
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