The Masters (15)
Seven talented master makers from Europe and China handcraft the instruments in our Master Series. Each maker has been classically trained in the art of violin making. Their instruments represent the very best in value for modern-day single maker instruments. The makers are Danio Wu, Viktor Kereske, Dennis Yi, Rudolph Fiedler, Lelio Pan, Nicolo Marcasi, and Marco Jian.
Stefan Petrov (9)
The instruments from the shop of Stefan Petrov offer beauty, balance, superior projection, fine craftsmanship, and great value. They are all fine hand-crafted replications of the Old Italian Masters. Exceptional workmanship and attention to every detail are only equaled by the incredible depth and beauty of the hand-rubbed oil varnish finish. Stefan Petrov offers four models: Workshop, Standard, Euro, and Superior. In addition to these models, Trista instruments are made in a separate shop that belongs to Stefan Petrov.
Trista by Stefan Petrov (5)
The Trista instruments are made in the shop of Stefan Petrov. They make violins, violas, and cellos individually. There are two categories of Trista instruments. The standard Trista models are made with high-quality, well-aged material with good figuring. The Trista Select models are made with a finer selection of more highly figured maple.
Gatchell Innovations (4)
Carbon Fiber violins, cellos, and accessories.
Nicolas Parola (22)
The Nicolas Parola shop makes beautiful step up violins, violas, cellos, and basses for advancing players at every level. All of their instruments are individually handcrafted by a single maker using traditional techniques.
Keith, Curtis & Clifton (25)
The shop of KCC is very traditional and offers a truly exciting range of quality European hand-crafted instruments made in the old-world style of violin making. This shop offers something for everyone. From excellent quality student instruments through to the professional models, each instrument is meticulously handmade with the fine attention to detail that is usually reserved for instruments at much higher price points. Exceptional handwork, finely cut scrolls, and very clean artistic corners, buttons, and purfling are evident throughout. All their instruments are made from quality European well-aged, loft seasoned spruce and maple. German ebony fittings and accessories are used to ensure many years of trouble-free playing and enjoyment. These instruments are expertly graduated in order to give them a full, warm-bodied sound that will continue to improve and broaden with age.
H. Luger (14)
The H. Luger shop has made our primary student level instruments for many years. They always offer outstanding value and are affordable to almost everyone. The quality of these instruments assures that a student will get off to a good start. In more recent years, they have begun to make excellent step up instruments. These feature oil varnish finishes and highly figured maple. These fine instruments are hand carved from quality, well-aged materials. Careful attention is paid to the hand graduations and craftsmanship. As a result, these great playing instruments have a lovely sound and appearance.
Ametto is our entry-level line of first-year student instruments. They are offered because they are far better (especially the 150 series of violin, viola, and bass) than anything your customer can get on the internet at a similar price. However, we highly reccommend going with the instruments that make up the H. Luger line whenever the budget will allow.