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It seems to be quite simple to make (or create, or manufacture etc) a violin. According to one violin maker, just: "To make a violin, take the wood and carve away all that is not the violin".

That's true. But in reality the process is much more complicated. No two pieces of wood are alike. Again, there are largely different requirements for violin - ergonomic, colour range and sound characteristics.

Violin makers have to choose a proper piece of wood. It is really difficult (almost impossible) to guess, what quality violin can be produced from a single piece of wood. We have reliable wood providers in Germany. Sadly, they pay more attention to appearance, than on acoustical characteristics. So, we can make one soloist grade violin in five or so.

We always are using well aged in natural conditions European mountains (Alps) spruce and maple. Just that in conjunction with a reasonably good scientific background enable us to create acoustically correct instruments.

Highly helpful is acoustical testing at every step - from choosing a wood up to adjusting at setup stage.

Starting our activities as violin makers we tried to copy the violin shapes of Cremona giants - Antonio Stradivarius and Giusepe Guarnerius del Gesu. Later in that way we noticed, that all correctly made instruments sound reasonably well. So presently we are concentrating on copying sound of old Cremonian violins. You can read some details in separate article.

Instrument prices

Just because of that single reason (wood characteristics) it is completely impossible to know in advance the quality of an instrument. Certainly, all our instruments are correct - handy, easy to play, produce nice sound etc. Most often violins are suitable for orchestra players or students and only some of them are preferred by soloists.

That dictates the prices of instruments for sale. We usually sell student grade violins for $5,000 and soloist grade instruments - up to $10,000 etc. Certainly, prices can change and are negotiable.

Price, as usually, is affected by different aspects. For example, one-piece back, antiqued etc. instruments are slightly more expensive.

We occasionally have second-hand violins. Often owners are not happy with the sound of the violin, so they decide to get rid of it. We perform a complete setup, including plates regraduating in such cases.

We certainly newer regraduate instrument plates, unless the owner isn't happy with the sound and wants it to be improved.

That enable us to improve sound quality significantly. Sometimes violin have to be revarnished.

Prices for such instruments usually are in the range of $3,000.

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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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