The Holstein Traditional Red Mendelssohn, a copy of the 1720 "Red Mendelssohn" crafted by Antonio Stradivarius. This beautiful instrument features real hand-applied oil varnish and high-quality wood dried a minimum of 10 years. The back is made of maple with gorgeous flaming.
The Red Mendelssohn has a powerful, focused and brilliant sound, similar to the Fiddlerman Soloist, but with slightly more complexity. It's a great option for advancing players and well suited for many playing styles.
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.
Body: Spruce for the top, maple for sides and back (dried a minimum of 10 years). Available with either one or two piece back.
Fittings: Boxwood with Pear Wood or Ebony Trim
Bridge: Hand-carved professional level Despiau 3-tree or Holstein 3-star bridge
Strings: Luthier's choice. Standard is Thomastik Dominant or Vision. We select and match the strings carefully to bring the most out of each individual instrument.
Every Holstein instrument undergoes Fiddlershop's Quality Setup and quality control, and is covered by a lifetime structural warranty and free adjustments.
Holstein Traditional Red Mendelssohn - very positive experience
My overall experience with Fiddlershop was very positive and I'd highly recommend them. They were responsive both via email and phone. Everyone I spoke with was informative and customer-focused. I was undecided between a few models and they were kind enough to make a youtube video with high resolution audio so I could not only see the actual violins I'd be getting, but also hear the differences side by side. This is a fantastic differentiating factor and makes purchasing an instrument online a far better experience. My daughter has been playing 3.5 years and was previously using a 3/4 size instrument, so it was time for a full-size. We're very happy with the Holstein Traditional Red Mendelssohn. Aesthetically, the flamed maple back and sides are beautiful coupled with the slightly reddish stain. The violin has a smooth, rich and resonant tone with harmonic complexity. We also purchased a pernambuco bow and case - a very nice overall set. Would highly recommend this violin and fiddlershop.
holstein traditional mendelssohn violin
I love my new violin. It has a very rich warm sound to it and is a very beautiful instrument. I am very happy that I chose the holstein traditional red mendelssohn.
I purchased my Red Mendelssohn violin after Pierre made a video for me comparing it with the MJZ 905. I came into the shop and tried them out. The service was fantastic, showed me around a cool workshop, they were super patient, low key and they truly wanted to fit me with the best violin for me personally. The beautiful flamed maple on the Red Mendelssohn and the warmth of the instrument made up my mind as between the two similar violins. I'd always played an entry level Yamaha student violin and it was such a fun experience to play an instrument that is really a big step up. The way it resonates and the ease with which you can get loads more volume, depth and color out of it just made my arm hair stand up! Paired with a Holstein 2-Star Pernambuco bow, it is such a pleasure to play that I only stop due to sore fingers or neck instead of frustration or boredom... this is a fun, beautiful instrument you can be proud of and grow with if you're ready to step up out of the entry level. Gratitude to the Fiddlershop!
All i ever hoped and dreamed for and then some!
let me just start with the fact that my experience with fiddlershop has been a very pleasant one. Now that red mendelssohn they sent me is absolutely gorgeous .I ordered mine with snakewood fittings and i was given a one peice back with all the character and individual beauty i could have hoped for looks like a cloudy red sunset over the ocean true story.it came in the case i ordered with it and arrived in perfect condition plays really well and has great sound quality.This is my first "real" violin, I've had others but none at this level of quality.This violin will be my forever violin. Thank you fiddlershop for such a great experience and a great instrument!!
Perfect for my current level
I’m still in the beginning phase of learning, I am 37. I have been playing/ learning for about 6 months. I felt I needed an instrument that I will grow into instead of growing out of. The sound quality is far more than I imagined it would be right out of the box. I will say for the intermediate group, this is perfect for warmth and projection
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