This is made by Diao, our Chinese violinmaker and is a copy of a late 17th century violin, labelled with Maker’s Signature with year and location
Sebastian Klotz, in Mittenwald, An. 17**
About Baroque music and how different it is from classical music
The Baroque ideal is an arch of sound, appropriately well-sustained and well-proportioned. For Baroque music to get airborne,the line must soar. The bow is like the breath of a singer. To quote Donington : “Phrases generally go to a peak note, which is often though not always the highest note, and then relax to a note given away at the end. There is the unit; that much, and no less nor more, is the phrase; and it is for our own musicianship to recognize the fact. Nothing in the notation and nothing in the historical evidence, is going to show us the pattern if our own musicianship does not.” To achieve this, the modern violinist (with modern instrument) would have to slow down the bow, use less of it, and play into the string with the hair a little flatter and near the bridge.
Why are Baroque instruments always so expensive.
Because modern violinmakers no longer makes baroque instruments actively, those who do make them charges a high premium for it. Those customers whom I have spoken with actively will know I’ve spent over 1 year searching to make an accurate copy of baroque instruments. After much experimentation, I’m happy to say our current copy is a rather accurate one. If you open up the cello, you will see that even our bass bar is set differently from traditional modern cello.
Buyers, however, should take note there are many many version of baroque instruments. There’s no real standard for it, only a more commonly available one. Our baroque instruments has been tested and examined by 8 baroque orchestral players from Spain, UK and NY, and has been acceptable by their standards.
Measurements (in mm)
Top: 167. Middle: 110. Bottom: 207. Body Length: 357. (For string playing length and neck length, please refer to the photos of the exact violin.)
100% Handmade, 100% hand oil-varnished. Selected Austrian Spruce Top, naturally air dried (over 18 years). Selected Flamed Bosnian Maple Back, Ribs & Scroll, naturally air dried (over 18 years). Maple Fingerboard. Hand-carved pegs, tailpiece and chinrest. Genuine Inlaid Purfling. Fitted with steel strings (because it is very expensive to get gut strings in Asia)