Steffen Nowak, Maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos in baroque and modern style


Violin after the Strad 'Viotti -Bruce' of 1709 

An anniversary violin celebrating 300 years of one Stradivaris' great violins, a golden period model of  classical proportions and design. The original Violin is now part of the impressive London RAM collection. Formerly a concert violin of the Italian virtuoso Giovanni  Battista Viotti (1755-1824) who was largely responsible for creating awareness in the European concert halls for the superiority of this Cremonese master. Having been privately owned and rarely played for close to 200 years  it is today one of the best preserved  Stradivari violins in existence. Also with most of the delicate varnish coating remaining intact and some spectacular materials used it is as much a visual treat as it is for the ear.

The wood selection for this model was governed by aesthetic as well as acoustic ideas: a firm Bosnian maple back of a deep figure with matching sides, a straight grain split Alpine spruce front with superb classical characteristics. 
The high quality rosewood fittings are  by Harald Lorenz, Germany.
The oil varnish is of a highly transparent warm golden orange colour over a highly reflective ground. An instrument  suitable for most players.
A bright even sound, good response and projection makes this a healthy instrument with a lot of future potential as well.



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