Professional Level Violins – $10,000-$16,000
As one progresses through their musical studies, the need for a better violin can often arise. The most common question we get is, “What makes a more expensive violin worth the price?” In general as the price goes up, the materials get better, the craftsmanship improves, but most importantly, the tonal capabilities improve. The more time a maker spends refining the inside of the violin, and in particular the thicknesses of the top and back, the more the violin has to give to a skilled musician. It can yield more uniqueness in the tone, more character and depth, and more nuance. A fine instrument should allow a fine musician to express herself freely with relative ease. We are proud of our upper level selection, and we have a excellent array of violins both new and antique, and from some of the finest workshops and makers.
This violin was made locally in Hartford, CT in 2011 by the master maker Jon Van Kouwenhoven. Its beautiful craftsmanship, accentuated by its lovely light amber varnish, is over matched by its elegant tone. With finesse and delicacy a skilled player can expect the violin to respond with colors, depth, and expressiveness that are unusual in this price range. Though the violin projects well, beauty of tone certainly wins out over volume in this sumptuous instrument.
This violin was made by Jan Van Kouwenhoven of Hartford, CT in 2009. It has a beautiful red amber varnish with light antiquing. The tone is robust with plenty of punch, responsiveness, and projection. The colors range from a biting growl in the lows to a clear bell-like brightness in the upper register.