Have you ever wondered what sets fine violins apart from others? Are they worth the extra money?
A handmade violin is the best option for a number of reasons. When you choose something personally crafted by a skilled violin-maker, you are also getting one of a kind. There will be no other instrument made exactly like yours.
The qualities and characteristics of Fine Violins
Craftsmen dedicate time and knowledge to create instruments that reflect the best of centuries past, using techniques passed down through generations. Every detail in the creation of an instrument is important to the luthier. We believe that no two instruments are exactly alike, even if they’re built from the same mold. An instrument represents a voice of its own, which will be used by many musicians to express themselves through music.
A special selection of some of Mio Cannone finest instruments
A Violin by Giovanni Dirlotti, Vicenza, 1906
This personal model violin was crafted by the hands of a modern master maker. Dirlotti’s early death prevented him from establishing a long career. Sounding dark, sharp, and direct.
A Violin by Enrico Marchetti, Cuorgnè, 1898
This 19th century modern violin was created by the hands of a master maker. Its unique characteristics highlight Marchetti’s excellent craftsmanship. Sounding dark, sweet and direct.
A Violin by Marino Capicchioni, Rimini, 1926
Crafted by a master maker, this Italian violin is a personal model. Capicchioni’s inventive character is easily seen in this early-period instrument. Sounding bright, sweet and direct.
Since the 15th century, Italy has been home to some of the world’s finest violins. Nearly every legendary violinist carried an Italian-made instrument. Some musicians have claimed even to have bad performances because their violins weren’t made in Italy!
Violins are made of resonant wood that produces sound from vibrations. As you play more and more concerts with your symphony, your violin will open up and “sound better” – and yes, they are right. In fact, the more you play the violin, the more the wood dries up, giving it a crystal clear sound. In the same spot in the Italian Alps where luthiers plucked trees centuries ago, a collection of spruce trees has been dubbed “Il Bosco Che Suona”—The Musical Woods.