The AP5 is skillfully hand-crafted from well-aged tonewoods with exceptional attention to detail. It has a rich, warm, hand-rubbed oil varnish finish that is highly antiqued. Up until now, instruments of this quality and level of expert antiquing would cost $2400.00 or more. The $1699.00 list price for this instrument is an introductory price that resets the bar while offering the player a violin that looks like it is 100 years old. It is also easy to play and has exceptional sound, quality, and overall value.