A recent violin.

A recent violin.

Over the years I’ve developed my own models for violin, viola, and cello. I’ve had the incredible good luck to see and take the measurements of many of the most celebrated instruments of the Golden Period of violinmaking. Gradually, I’ve arrived at dimensions that maximize the acoustic results, while at the same time being eminently comfortable to play. My goal is to provide musicians with both a rich sound and a fast response with the least amount of work.

Particularly with cellos, a big sound does not require a big instrument – and the extra wood in a larger model can slow the response. It’s simple physics: the more wood there is, the more work to get it vibrating. Also, with contemporary strings you don’t need as long a string length to get a full, rich, powerful sound. A slightly shorter string length makes it much easier to get around – whether climbing up or down the fingerboard, or playing chords. Cellists, in particular, find this to be a wonderful advantage. My instruments are designed and built so that you can concentrate on making music.