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I own a beautiful CD "The Glory of Cremona". Different pieces, played by famous Italian violinist Ruggiero Ricci on fifteen violins, created by different famous Cremona luthiers are recorded on this CD under strictly controlled conditions. I listen to this CD quite often to catch the differences between particular violins as well as to try to realize, what is so special in the voice of "Italian sound" - what it is an ideal violin sound. All these violins have different voices and their sound is really glorious. Again, I must completely agree with maestro Ricci, who said: "… like wines, each violin has its individual character… It is impossible to find one instrument that is at the same time dark, brilliant, open, nasal, sweet etc. The best a violinist can do is to find an instrument which most nearly suits his individual temperament…"

My violin making tutor, world-famous luthier from Krakow, Poland - Jan Pawlikowski once told me: "I worked in a violin workshop in Chicago for seven years. I had repaired 13 Stradivarius - made violins during that time. Half of them had a very good sound while the sound of the other half was rather cheap".

Almost all publications are heaping praise upon the famous Cremona luthiers and their well-known creations. However, my original tutor was able to confirm from his personal experience as a repairer, the observation of a writer in 1899 that: "…Stradivarius made good and bad violins; all the fine instruments were "accidents". It is really difficult to agree with these words.

Final conclusion from these and subsequent tests is: "The statement that the art of producing outstanding instruments has been lost with the great Italian classics is false".

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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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