Custom 5-string violin

Custom 5-string violin

Winter 2019

 

I completed a custom build for a violin player who wanted a slightly smaller 5-string violin. I used Big Leaf Maple, one piece, for the back and Sitka Spruce for the top. The style is a combination of whatever the client liked from various other violins- Amati style f holes and corners, but a fuller, less pinched arch. The varnish is very light and warm. One of the pleasures of commissioning an instrument is that your instrument is truly your own- you can decide the style and colour and what tonal palette you’re aiming for. I love building instruments that fit my clients. You can still have a big sound from a slightly smaller body- and it is so much easier to play.