Holstein Workshop violins are handcrafted by one experienced luthier in our select VSA award-winning workshop. The quality of workmanship goes far beyond anything else we’ve seen in this price range. The tops are made of fine quality Italian spruce, and the back and ribs from Bosnian maple (100+ year old wood, aged and dried a minimum of 10 years). Our Holstein Workshop 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 quality and dimensions of the wood, as well as the varnish, are copied from the originals to achieve the same tonal qualities.
This is our wonderful replica of the original Amati violin made in 1662. Though nearly all of his instruments show unsurpassed attention to precision and detail, Nicolò Amati's violins followed a relatively small pattern, with a big belly (high arch rising nearly to a ridge in the center of both the front and back of the instrument). Players tend to like this particular pattern for its warm sounds, making it suitable for chamber music.
Holstein Workshop violins are setup with premium quality fittings and strings to bring the most out of the instrument. The Despiau “Three Tree” bridge is hand-carved and fitted to perfection by our luthiers during the setup process.
Fingerboard: Fine Ebony
Bridge: Hand-carved professional level Despiau 3-tree or Holstein Deluxe Bridge
Strings: Maker's choice. Standard is Thomastik Vision. We select and match the strings carefully to bring the most out of each individual instrument.
Certificate of Authenticity
This Holstein violin is sold with a certificate of authenticity; handwritten, stamped and signed by our in-house luthier.
I'm playing on a wonderful Instrument. Thanks to you! I play in retirement and nursing homes, and I'm 84 years old. I have no complaints, the instrument is everything I'll ever need, and everything you promised in your video demonstration to me. Thank you so much, and God bless you. Walter
I recently started playing violin. After a few months of lessons, I knew this was absolutely something I was going to continue to do for the rest of my life. I decided I should turn in my rental and buy a professional quality violin that could potentially outlive me. I couldn't have made a better choice than to buy the Holstein Amati replica.The violin arrived meticulously packed in its case. They use some cardboard and sticks to stabilize and protect the bridge during shipping. I know it sounds cheesy cardboard and sticks?!?!) but it is really quite clever and works really well. This is nice because then I didn't have to worry about setting up the bridge. A little tuning the strings were already quite stable) was necessary but that's expected shipping from Florida to Washington state. Other than that, it was good to go right out of the box.The violin also came with a certificate signed and embossed by Pierre with photos, dimensions, and serial number of my violin. The label inside the violin is signed by Pierre as well. The level of care and attention to detail gives me confidence that I've spent my money wisely and that I'm doing business with somebody who cares about delivering a quality product.The pictures really don't do it justice. The colors are rich and the flames in the wood dance as the light hits it at different angles. The varnish looks aged with built-up and worn down areas. There are faint scratch marks and nicks here and there that look old and under a few layers of varnish. It really looks like an old violin with far more experience than its current owner.I've had it for 6 months now and I've tried a few different sets of strings. My preference is with Pirastro Evah Pirazzi for G, D, and A, and Pirastro No. 1 E string. They are warm, responsive, project well, and really resonate on this fiddle. For example, 4th finger 1st position) on the A string can be hard to tell apart from an open E because the open E vibrates sympathetically. The chorus effect sounds beautiful and it is a joy to play.I bought the Amati for arbitrary reasons. I didn't play it before buying it nor did I wait patiently for a demo video. I could have agonized over the decision for the rest of my life and still never been certain. So I just decided to tell Fiddlerman that I wanted a darker Amati and trusted him to pick a winner. What ever the reason, I'm glad I did it because he definitely picked me a winner.
FIRSTLY I MUST SAY: I don't think there is another store that gives you this HIGH quality of service and customer satisfaction. They all go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure you are satisfied.Now concerning this lovely violin the tone is truly amazing, this violin sings clearly from the first note without you putting much effort. I can't imagine how lovely it would sound after the sound settles as I am commenting the very same day that I bought it.
This is a fine instrument! I have been playing Irish tunes for 20 years or so on an intermediate instrument- what a huge difference there is from that to this finely crafted violin! My wife now enjoys hearing me play! The violin is very responsive to the bow to produce sweet and dark tones, and easily sounds bowed triplets clearly tempting me to play too many notes). Gone is a reluctance on my part to vigorously attack the e string, for the sound stays sweet and clear there. As with any high performance machine restraint is necessary as well- overdoing it on the g string can produce a very loud but still clear and warm) sound, so I need to temper my enthusiasm in an ensemble. The dynamics are wonderful. This violin has reinvigorated my playing. I look forward with delight to picking it up again every time I put it down!
I have had this violin for about three months now, and I had my eye on it for a while before I purchased it. I would have reviewed it right away, except I have been too busy playing it to write a review. :) It has a good tone and seems to project well in an orchestra setting. I use it primarily for Irish fiddle music and helping my son when he is practicing at home. It is definitely an improvement over my previous intermediate student violin, and it is has a beautiful appearance.
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