Our Karl Joseph Schneider® Stradivari is made especially for SHAR by our partner workshop in Germany. Fine craftsmanship, aged tonewoods, lightly-anitqued but traditional varnish and close attention to detail make the Schneider® Stradivari unmistakably German. But we wanted a more aggressive sound, dark but with focus, projection and articulation, for the creative violinist who often plays a wide variety of musical styles. The moment you draw your bow across the strings, you'll see immediately that the Schneider® Stradivari delivers on this promise. 4/4 size.
The graceful curves and refined tone are but a few of the distinctive qualities of Aubert Lutherie violins. With a style uniquely French, and a sound in the acoustic principals of the great Cremonese makers, this model is inspired by the work of famed 19th-century Parisian maker J.B. Vuillaume, an early devotee of Stradivari and Guarneri.
In the rich, centuries-old tradition of French violinmaking, the Aubert Lutherie continues to handcraft beautiful violins ideal for players of discriminating tonal and visual tastes. Well-seasoned tonewoods, stylish workmanship, and a soft, buttery varnish gives the Lefrancois violin a round, warm, full-bodied sound, well-balanced and quickly responsive.
Herman Macklett (1834-1884). An upholsterer by trade and violin maker by avocation, he was the first to show an interest in making violins. He eventually abandoned his upholstery business and established a violin shop in Chicago. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed the shop, but he and his wife, Elizabeth (Kahlert) Macklett, rescued the most valuable violins by stuffing them into large grain sacks and carrying them across the Chicago river. Herman worked on his violins from the 1860s through the 1880s. During his lifetime he made about 150 violins, and they are a rare find.
A favorite among Suzuki and other Private teachers who prefer a warm tone with strong projection.
The Maestro is a beautifully-performing and dependable violin that possesses all the hallmarks of time-tested craftsmanship. The tone, playability, hand-feel and consistency will keep students motivated, teachers impressed and parents delighted. With an unusually warm, round tone, yet outstanding projection, the Franz Hoffmann Maestro stands a head taller than other student violins at this price. Carefully adjusted and test played in our Ann Arbor workshop, your Maestro is ready to play and sure to delight for years to come. 4/4 - 1/4 sizes.
SHAR�s master restoration and repair expert, Vartanian worked at the Bolshoi in Moscow and the Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria in Cremone in the late 1970s. His wealth of experience informs his choices for models, archings, graduations, and varnishes.
Inspired by one of the most beautiful violins ever made, the 1737 "King Joseph" Guarneri. This John Cheng model has the unmistakable Guarneri sound - dark, complex and voluptuous, with great projection. The beautiful reddish-brown antique varnish is decidedly dramatic and inspiring. Setup in Ann Arbor by our professional staff, fitted with top-level strings and tested and adjusted by a skilled player to achieve optimal performance.
Widelski's current 1741 "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu model violin has been a favorite with serious players searching for a sophisticated, well-developed character of sound. Widelski resides in eastern Maine and has been making violins for over 20 years, his instruments earning a reputation for their rich, mature tonal qualities.
A violin maker based in New England, Todd Goldenberg makes extraordinary violins, violas and cellos that are highly sought after for their beauty and exquisite tone. Using the finest materials, including European woods seasoned in his workshop and his personally formulated varnishes, Todd lavishes the highest level of carftsmanship and art on each instrument. Creating one instrument at a time, Goldenberg begins with the finest materials, including hand-selected, seasoned wood from Germany. Todd Goldenberg violins are in the hands of musicians at every level - from professional orchestra members to teachers and students - across New England and the rest of the country.