The Marais Baroque violin is intended for musicians that wish to recreate the authentic sound of the Baroque era, a period of history from approximately 1600-1750 and when the music of Vivaldi, Corelli, and Bach flourished. Each Marais violin is fashioned after the Baroque setup; having a shorter, wedge-shaped fingerboard made of maple, a shorter neck angled straight out from the body, no string adjusters or chinrest, a shorter bass bar, flatter bridge, and gut strings. The result is a soft, pure, and delicate sound that contrasts greatly to the full and powerful tone of the modern violin.
Note: The violin that most people play today is regarded as the modern violin, a violin with a longer fingerboard made of ebony, longer neck, chinrest, string adjusters, longer bass bar, and metal wound strings. Baroque instruments are specialized and require a specific bowing style that differs from modern technique. If you are unsure if a Baroque instrument is right for you, please contact a sales representative at 1-800-528-3430.
Spruce top of narrow grain. Two-piece maple back, nicely figured. Ribs and scroll of wide, prominent flame. Finished in a pleasing light brown. Made in China.
Traditional maple fingerboard and tailpiece, both with decorative ebony inlay. Boxwood pegs and endbutton
Bone nut and saddle
Pirastro Chorda E & A strings, Eudoxa D and G strings
Custom baroque style bridge
Instrument will fit in a standard size violin case.
A modern French instrument, the #GM67 Georges Michel shares the subtle nuances well established within the French atelier tradition of viola making. Elegant craftsmanship with meticulous attention to detail results in a refined, sweet tone with excellent playability.
Hand-carved from select tone-woods. Spruce top of tight grain. Two piece maple back of subtle, narrow to medium flame. Ribs and scroll similar to back. Scroll is deftly chamfered. Finished in an oil varnish of a pleasing golden-brown. Professionally shop adjusted. Made in France.
Ebony fingerboard. Rosewood pegs and tailpiece
Larsen A string with Thomstik Dominant D, G, and C strings
Beautiful, hand selected spruce top. Tight to medium even grain. One piece maple back tightly flamed. Ribs and scroll similar. Finished in a golden ground with an amber oil varnish. Well fashioned, fine Italian ebony fittings.
Well chosen spruce top. Tight grain at center seam widening toward outer bouts. One piece maple back nicely flamed. Ribs and scroll similar. Finished in a golden ground with an amber oil varnish. Beautifully fashioned, fine Italian ebony fittings.