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Ideal violin sound

Dr. Czes Kul, violin maker

Living in Vilnius, the capital of the Baltic country of Lithuania, my wife Birute and I were involved in creating, repair and maintenance of violin family instruments. As I was always thinking that the main violin aspect is it sound, I started gathering information about ideal violin sound.

The city where we lived is highly artistic and has centuries - old cultural traditions. A huge number of professional musicians reside in Vilnius - four symphonic orchestras, a National chamber orchestra as well as three quartets. Players are trained at the National Musical Academy.

Historically as well as geographically the main influence Lithuanian violinists experience comes from the so-called Russian violin playing school. It is quite obvious that everybody involved in violin playing knows about the benefits and prominent results of this teaching system. By the way, Jascha Heifetz - one of the all-time best violinists, was born in Vilnius.

One of the famous Renaissance violin makers Baltazar Dankwart (2nd half XVI century - 1622) lived in Vilnius. One of his made created violins, created in 1602, survived till these days. Sound peculiarities of this violin, are comparable with these, created by most known Cremona makers.

As a rule, quality of services depends on what the customer wants. Being surrounded by top quality violin players, we were able to repair and maintain many supreme grade instruments. It gave us an appreciation of what a really fine instrument is. This is something completely impossible to pick up by reading books or watching TV.

Having an established clientele, it was not an easy decision to emigrate. However, some reasons forced us to move. First of all, we were not happy with the climate. Those long really cold, cloudy and dark winter months did not allow recovery after illness or sometimes even induced it. Furthermore, the economic situation in our country steadily worsened for a period of over five years, so it became hardly possible for artisans to survive - the flow of our clients permanently declined… These are probably the main reasons why we abandoned the city we were all born in.

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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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