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.
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
First let me say that the Fiddlershop employees are very professional. Email replies were quick and all questions were answered. I would like to thank Gibbles for my violin video on Youtube. This violin is mindblowing. The sound is warm and clear. I will never play my other one anymore. The packaging was great, not even the box was damaged. The appearance is perfect, not one blemish. I love the grain in the wood. I received all the fittings that I wanted, I could not ask for more. The FC100 case is really nice but the compartments are oddley shaped, so I have to fold up my shoulder rest ... however no biggy. The pegs are perfect. Kudos to all that created this beauty. I highly recommend this violin. I will never shop anywhere else. I consider myself an intermediate violinist, but my cat says, 'not'. By the way I am using my Holstein 2-star Sandalwood Bow.
It's just amazing
I love my Red Mendelssohn so much. It not only has a beautiful sound, but also got an elegant look. I also need to mention that Fiddlershop's service is perfect, you can always request a video for selection and they'll set up everything before shipping, and good packing for shipping by the way. Highly recommend this model.
Quality, Beauty and Sound
Just got this beauty 2 months ago and it sounds amazing. The flaming on the back is deep yet bright, just after a good polish it is truly a joy to look at before storing it until the next practice time ! I highly recommend this violin for a first-timer as well as it has potential to accompany you a lot further for a long time and... if you sound good, it will be that much more encouraging to keep at it. Customer Service : 5/5 Delivered with care : 5/5 Rapidity of processing my order : 5/5 Quality/Price ratio : 5/5 compared to my country (Switzerland) where I have tried others that paled in comparison to this violin. Get a good bow to pair with it and truly make it shine as it deserves. My teacher has also confirmed the quality of this instrument and believes it is an excellent one to go from beginner to mid-intermediate !
I love my Red Mendelssohn! This is my second violin purchase from Fiddlershop and I couldn’t be happier. This is an upgrade from my Apprentice violin as I’ve been playing a couple of years now and felt ready more suited to intermediate level. It’s a huge upgrade from my Apprentice in play-ability and the overall tone of this instrument is divine. Fiddlershop has amazing customer service. My first violin arrived damage due to a heat wave but they got another out to me promptly and it was in perfect condition. I will always recommend Fiddlershop for anyone looking for an instrument. Top notch service and quality!
Fiddlershop is a small family-owned business located in South Florida. Since 2012 we have been serving the string community with quality instruments and accessories. We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford.