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.
The beloved Karl Joseph Schneider® Master Art violin had been one of the most teacher-recommended violins we ever offered. And no wonder: superb tone and balance, careful German craftsmanship and a wonderful "Old German" antique varnish, all add up to a winner. Our careful shop setup and play testing assures that your new Schneider® violin will perform at its best as soon as it arrives in your home.
In a world of mass-produced merchandise that lacks "that certain something", isn't it comforting to know that there are still skilled craftsmen making violins using time-tested methods that were handed down to them by past generations? Our German-made Karl Joeseph Schneider® violins are hand-made, often in the very homes of skilled "Geigenbaumeisters". All of our Schneider® violins are made to our specifications, carefully designed for students that are moving up to an instrument capable of bringing out a broad range of musical expression.
"The Schneider® Master Art has been very popular ever since we started carrying this violin. I personally like it for its very rich, warm sound. Though a warm violin, it still has a lot of power to project in a large hall. They also come in fractional sizes, making them perfect for an advancing student." - Aaron Prior, Violist and Shar Violin Shop Sales Supervisor
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.
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.
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.
L�on Bernardel (maker: 1853 � 1931) Son and pupil of Ernest Auguste. Born in Paris. Worked with Derazey and Gand, then founded his own establishment in 1899. Arose after the retirement of Gustave Bernardel and was a maker and seller of Collin-Mezin type instruments.