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 violin is inspired by the original Guarneri Paolo Maggini violin made in 1630. This particular model has a gorgeously deep tone and agility responding to the player's commands.
The best-known maker of the Brescian school, Giovanni Paolo Maggini was born in Botticino and moved to Brescia around 1586 to train with Gasparo da Salò. After 20 years of work for da Salò, Maggini struck out on his own and began to develop his models. His violins are based on two unique patterns, one of which is about 35.5 cm and conforms to contemporary standards for length (which is the pattern for the Holstein Maggini violins). The other is significantly larger, about 37 cm. The Maggini template also easily identified by their double purfling on the front and back.
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.