The Holstein Traditional Red Mendelssohn, a copy of the 1720 "Red Mendelssohn" crafted by Antonio Stradivarius. This beautiful and powerful instrument features real hand applied oil varnish and high-quality wood dried a minimum of 10 years. The back is made in two pieces and has gorgeous flaming descending from the center joint.
If you're looking for a powerful and brilliant sound, the Holstein Red Mendelssohn is a great option.
Fittings: Boxwood with Pear Wood or Ebony Trim
Bridge: Professional level Despiau Three Tree
Strings: Thomastik Vision (Strings may differ depending on the characteristics of the individual violin. For string preference, please include a comment with your order).
Every Holstein instrument undergoes Fiddlershop's Quality Setup and quality control, and is covered by a lifetime structural warranty and free adjustments.
The mysterious history of the instrument became the narrative for Francois Girard's beloved film, "The Red Violin." The violin surfaced in the 1930's Berlin after having been purchased by an heir to the great composer, Felix Mendelssohn and is currently played by the soloist Elizabeth Pitcairn.
This is the second violin I have bought from Fiddlerman in the last few months. I first purchased the Artist for my wife. I was very impressed and decided to purchase the Holstein Traditional Red Mendelssohn for myself. This violin has a wonderful sound and is easy to play. The setup on both fiddles was great and only needed some fine tuning. The appearance is very eye catching and highly appeals to me and my love for antique violins. The price I believe is very good for such a fine instrument. Fiddlerman was very helpful through the entire process, even delaying shipment last minute due to my travel schedule. Thanks for offering high quality affordable options to everyone from beginner to the advanced. I will recommend fidderman to everyone I know looking for fiddles.
My Holstein Traditional Red Mendelssohn came yesterday. Usually I would wait for the honeymoon to end before writing a review but this instrument commands otherwise. The fit and finish of the instrument is stunning. It's red. A deep reddish brown which is very rich, deep and pleasing to look at. The two-piece back is well matched so that the chevrons are even and look great. The top is simply gorgeous. There was a lot of attention given to the top where the grain is not even but rather with larger growth rings to the outside of the instrument. The thing about it that is so pleasing is that the the grain is centered right down the center of the instrument so the top is symmetrical and the effect is stunning. The pegs turn well and easily. It is very dry here in Eastern Washington and the strings and the instrument are still settling a bit. The unit came with fine tuners as I ordered, but the instrument tunes so willingly from the pegs that the fine tuners might not get much used. It came with vision strings. The tone is incredible. The unit is very well balanced G to E. The instrument is very quick and responsive which presents me with effects that I cannot get with other instruments, some of which cost a lot more. This fiddle sings! The tone is both warm and bright. The tones have a solid core but, also rich in overtones so the total effect is one of a sort of fullness that I don't get quite so much with many of my other violins (I have stack of 'em.) Even my wife, who gets far more fiddle playing that she can stand some days, notices the difference and is pleased with the sound. I TRM likes my Fiddlerman Holstein Three Star bow the best. This unit stands to give me much pleasure. I bought it sight and sound unseen and thought I might regret that. Nope. Wonderful wonderful instrument. It comes alive in my hands. I hope this helps.
I find it to be beautiful and perfect in every way. Mine is deep red with a bright, and soul thrilling sound. Perfect for both my classical studies, and for my Irish fiddling :) Thank you Fiddlershop!
I am a college student and I have been self teaching violin for three years, and this one is my second violin and I love it so much. I find so much difference between my 400 dollar violin and this one. The Red Mendelssohn is way more responsive and has way cleaner sound. I can even feel it vibrate in my shoulder and chin as I play the D and G strings. The sound is more open and projected. The cleanness in the upper range is great and now I love to go to third and fourth position in the violin, the squeakiness reduced significantly and I am now able to hammer those notes down till I master the high range. Thank you very much Fiddlershop, I love it so so much. I love the hand-applied varnish and I love to see my violin as every scratch it has along the way makes this violin mine, and I know this new violin will even sound even better as the years pass. The flame in the back is perfect and the feel is so natural, I can feel the wood in a thin layer of high quality varnish, the yellow golden accents and and the antiquing on the edges and top and bottom are so pretty to look at. I will come back to this shop when I feel ready for a professional violin.
I purchased this violin about 3 weeks ago. It finally arrived in the mail today and I am so delighted! Opened the case and it was packed securely with a cardboard protector over the bridge and extra padding and a tin foil type blanket in the box. The violin is beautiful!! I had asked for a deep red and they delivered! In some lights it looks a bit orange or brown but even those times it is a beautiful sunset colored orange not a make you want to be sick orange. :) there was a cosmetic ding on one of the lower bouts but it is tiny and only I will notice. The bridge is thicker than what I am used to and I will probably swap the boxwood fittings for ebony down the road but overall it is set up very well. The wood is amazing and the spruce on top is very fine grained and the maple on the back ribs and scroll is highly flamed. Thank you so much Fiddlershop for banishing my "never buy a violin off the internet" nightmare!
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