House of Weaver - Martin Beck Outfit

$ 1,347.00

From the House of Weaver.  Spirit varnish 4/4 Violin with Gewa BioShell case and braided carbon bow, non-refundable shipping to the lower 48 US states included

Violin alone: $1127

One of the issues with importing violins is that the good varnishes are delicate and often do not fare well in containers during shipping. A traditional solution is to import violins “in the white” from major production areas, rework and varnish them in the US, and sell them under a trade name. One of the more successful shops continuing this tradition is the House of Weaver in Bethesda, Maryland. []  The Rudoulph Doetsch line currently done by Eastman Strings was developed at Weaver’s. Bill Weaver himself varnishes the instruments in a thin spirit varnish, something that would not survive shipping from overseas well.  The result is a new traditional import violin, not shot in some mysterious lacquer in an unknown shop somewhere far off.  Weaver models include from bottom to top, the Smith, Beck, Henley, Klier, Kono, Baltazar violins.  Weaver’s also backs their instruments very thoroughly.

This instrument is the Romanian-made Martin Beck model.  We obtained this instrument unset, then detail planed and polished the fingerboard, shaped the nut, final shaped the neck, refit and polished the pegs, fit a fine hand-split soundpost, and cut a nice French bridge. We perform the basic acoustic adjustments, including setting the B0 frequency and voicing the plates and bar working through the F holes.  The result is an evenly responsive, warm, neutral sounding advancing student or amateur instrument, easy to play, without bad habits.  These also make  very nice fiddles and are played by several excellent east Tennessee fiddlers.  Fiddle setup available, no extra charge, just request.

  • Guarneri or Stradivari pattern 
  • Made in the white in Romania
  • Varnished in the US by the House of Weaver
  • Final setup and acoustic work here in our shop
  • Top:  Even medium-grain European spruce - a very very nice top! “AA” grade in our opinion
  • Back: Medium flame, good depth, ascending 2-piece, light even flecking, we would call it “A” grade
  • Ribs: Medium flamed maple non-matching maple
  • Neck: Almost unfigured maple, one piece
  • Varnish:  Lightly antiqued reddish amber hand-laid and buffed spirit varnish, in the US
  • Fittings:  Ebony with one fine tuner 
  • Bridge: Despiau French
  • Post:  Hand-split spruce
  • Strings: Tonica

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