Contemporary & Modern Original Violins
The art that is violin-making continues to achieve new heights in the modern age. World-class violin-making schools and masterful understanding of acoustic properties has led to previously unachieved levels of craftsmanship. Many modern makers have achieved gorgeous sound quality and production through their nuanced approach. In addition to Ken Sullivan Originals, Sullivan Violins proudly offers original professional hand-made violins from award-winning contemporary and modern makers from around the world.
The Best Of The Modern Originals
Sullivan Violins features many original violins from prominent makers, including Bruno Barbieri, Ch. JB Colin Mezin, Mario Gadda, Louis Condax, and more. Almost all of these instruments are hand-made based on luthier training and skills passed down through the generations. For example, Gadda is the son and pupil of Gaetano Gadda, who himself was the sole student of Stefano Scarampella, and his exclusive instruments highlight the impressive legacy of expert craftsmanship. These contemporary and modern artist quality instruments exhibit superb craftsmanship and acoustic response. Each one has its own unique voice and we invite you to find the instrument that matches your desired sound profile. No matter which instrument you chose, you’re sure to go home with an expertly made instrument from a renowned craftsman that will serve you well on your musical journey.
Other Elements to Consider
Not only is it important to consider the prestige of the maker and the quality of their work, but it is also equally important to determine what musical elements you’re looking to get from your violin. There are so many elements that make up an instruments’ sound – here are a few more to consider when deciding which of our Contemporary Original violins is right for you.
- Resonance – typically relating to the vibration of the backplates, there are certain frequencies that cause the instrument to vibrate more easily. Find an instrument that offers a desired amount of resonance.
- Brightness – this relates to the emphasis of sound in higher frequencies. A bright sound will often be more intense, distinct, and ear-catching.
- Responsiveness – a.k.a. how easy it is to get the instrument to produce tone. If it takes a large amount of effort, the instrument is not overly responsive. If it produces sound with little to no prompting, it is highly responsive. These factors help with everything from intonation and rhythm to pacing while playing.