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Singing violin

After ten years of investigations we proudly introduce our new line of singing violins

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What kind of violin sound most violinists are seeking for? That the real question.

We - Birute and Czes - are a couple of dedicated violin makers. After a prolonged, years lasting collaboration with top violin family instrument players we realized that musicians usually experience trouble trying to describe (put into words) violin sound quality.

However, everything goes exceptionally smooth and fast, when musician has an occassion to compare several violins. No single word used, just few notes played - and everything is obvious. For some enigmatic reason one violin is (much) better.

Being violin makers, we had to sort out, what reasons force some violins to sound better, and some - even to be on top.

Violin - good and very good

It is well known, how complicated is evaluation of a violin sound. I tried to stress out the problem in my article about ideal violin sound. Thorough analysis shows that perfect verbal description is almost impossible.

Above we analyzed feelings etc. of performers. However, similar problems to the same extent are experienced by violin makers as well.

For us it was the most complicated to sort out what is a difference between new good violin and old good violin. No properly organized tests in centuries showed any differences.

Obviously, psychological element here been permanently involved.

However, experienced violinists explained: 'It is something only experienced performer can hear and feel'.

Searching carefully through all available sources we realized that the only pronounced difference between an old and new good violin is the age. Later we found even more confirmations.

It is well known that all timber properties slowly change in the course of time - it mature. That's the reason why experienced violin makers try to choose as old wood as possible for their instruments.

New wood ---> old violin ?

We newer had a possibility to create a violin using ten years or older wood. But instead of hunting for such a wood we went other way.

Wood mature naturally its own speed. So why isn't possible to accelerate the process? Our experimentation continued almost ten years. It is not a problem to mature wood using aggressive damaging chemicals etc. Probably the best example - paper industry...

We, however, are violin makers. That means - we can not destroy wood or especially - affect its acoustic qualities!

Our goal has been nicely described in one violin related article:

"What's interesting about playing a Strad, about playing any great old Italian instrument, is under the ear, there's a sweetness to it, there's a depth of sound... And also you have the sense that no matter how much sound is coming out of the instrument, somehow or other there's always more."

We knew, what to seek for. And we had an idea, how to find it. We knew -

Violin sounds like old, when wood is old

Therefore we searched for soft, mainly natural substances, that affect wood gently... Also, chemicals we use for wood aging are not poisonous for humans.

After introducing of this soft and powerful stage in violin making process our violins sound even better - voice is softer, more rich in 'good' overtones - just singing violin. We see it again and again - all violinists like and usually choose such a sound.

Finally we reached our goal - our created violins now are sounding even more nicely - like old Cremonese SINGING VIOLINS

Some further details - in our article Violin problems

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At last I have my ideal violin. I turned down 14 instruments which came from all around the country, including an original cremonese violin, which I just couldn't convince myself to like. However I had no second thoughts about my new violin, made by Czes and Birute Kul, and instantly knew this was the one. The violin has very clean articulation and a sweet tone, also
projecting well. I have had many compliments about it. A lot of careful workmanship has obviously gone into the violin, which is very elegant and distinctive in looks. Before you look anywhere else, I strongly recomend Czes and Birute. It could save a lot of trouble, time and money.

Sarah K., Wellington

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