Custom Violin #20 109


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This classical violin features a red spruce top and highly flamed maple back and sides. Here's what the new owner has to say about it: "I've only played it for a couple of hours, and I am already quite certain that it will be the instrument I play for the rest of my life. It combines a rich, deep tone with significant power in the higher registers, lending each note clarity and articulation." For more of his and others' reports, visit our testimonials page.

Construction Photos

Construction begins with the temporary attachment of the corner and end blocks to the internal form and the joining of the plates. The ribs are bent to shape over a hot pipe, and they're glued to the blocks. The neck is roughly cut from the blank.

The upper part of the form is removed and the linings are glued in place. The top is cut to shape, and the purfling is installed.

The shaping of the neck and scroll continues with handsaws, chisels, and gouges.

The neck is brought to its final shape. The top is graduated while I constantly evaluate the parameters of stiffness, tap tone, thickness, and weight. The bass bar is fitted and glued in place, and the top is glued to the ribs.

The violin is removed from the form, and the back linings are glued in. The neck mortise is cut. The back is cut to shape, the purfling is installed, and it's graduated in a process parallelling that used on the top.


The instrument is assembled, and finishing begins first with sealer, then with coats of colored oil varnish followed by clear coats. When it's fully cured, it's rubbed out and set up.

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