Holstein Traditional Red Mendelssohn Violin

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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

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.


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Taliah S.
United States United States

Bright, soul thrilling sound. LOVE it!!

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!

Isaac A.
United States

I love this Violin so much

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.


In love!!!

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!


I'm a beginning

I'm a beginning student on violin but have been a guitarist for over 50 years so I think I have an ear for good tone. Also, I have chosen not to start with a student level instrument that will very shortly inhibit my progress. I think the Red Mendelssohn was a very good choice. It arrived ready to play. I'm sure it will fill my needs for a long time. I'm very happy with it.


My daughter needed

My daughter needed an upgrade from a $200 student violin that would last her past high school. We began the slow process of shopping for one over a month ago, starting with some research of what makes a violin expensive wood quality, aging time, level of experience of luthier working on it, string quality, etc..). We then visited local shops and we made a short list of two models Ming Jiang Zhu 905 and a local brand) and moved to online retailers for comparison. After seeing Fiddlershop's much lower price on a Ming Jiang Zhu 905, I had to give them a call. From my long chat with Michael, I received more information about their products than what I was getting in-person locally. From there, my daughter and I started watching a lot of Pierre's youtube videos and narrowed our favorites to a Holstein Ole Bull and a Holstein Red Mendelssohn. Pierre was nice enough to make a video so we could hear the sound of the two models he had in stock. Purchasing a Red Mendelssohn with Canadian wood came out the winner. We also bought the 2 star wood bow and a carbon fiber bow as a backup.My daughter loves the sound and look of the Red Mendelssohn. While she has only owned it a short while, it has renewed her excitement about practicing and my enjoyment in listening. She brought it to an end-of-summer orchestra camp her school puts on and her teacher also loves it. Needless to say, we are very pleased with the whole shopping experience and highly recommend this violin to anyone's short list.

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