Our violins are priced in a broad range reflecting differences with regard to many quality factors, such as the beauty of the wood, workmanship - including special varnishing and coloring effects - and tone quality. The wood, being a biological material, often has invisible imperfections that would affect the sound adversely, reducing the value of an otherwise perfectly made violin. Most importantly, a higher price means a greater amount of time spent with the laborious cycles of playing in, fine tuning, adjusting and quality control. This process has been extended up to ten years in some cases, but the minimum is one year. The majority of our violins fall in the $10,000 to 16,000 range. Our most advanced violins are priced between $20,000 and 25,000.
We make violins following the models of Stradivari and Guarneri with body length of 35.2 and 35.6 cm. We are particularly interested in providing a full powerful tone in the smaller instruments which are popular with players of smaller stature. We also make violas of sizes 15 1/2" to 16 1/2" (priced $12,000), and a few master violins for the child virtuoso ($3,000). Currently, we have one 7/8 size cello ($15000).
We guarantee the quality of our instruments by the traditional criteria for workmanship and structural integrity if they are properly maintained and not abused. The most common problem a violin may occasionally have is that the gluing of the belly may loosen at certain points due to humidity fluctuations. (This saves the belly from cracking.) For 3 years we shall correct free of charge any such problems, or pay for having it done locally if this is more expedient. Our composite varnish is designed to develop microcracks to a certain degree and will require some polishing which will also be done for no charge within the 3-year period. Like good cars, fine violins also need an occasional tune up. We shall be glad to do such fine adjustments free during the initial 3-year period, and for a minor fee of $50 beyond the warranty period; shipping is not included. If the tone quality suddenly deteriorates, usually the violin needs a simple sound post adjustment. No irreversible decline of tone quality has been reported to us on well maintained violins.
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