Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Customers of Fein Violins: Comments and Reviews

Here's our running blog with comments and reviews from our customers:


Andy Fein, Violin & Bow Maker, Fein Violins

I'm just so happy to have a violin that's COMFORTABLE for me now as well as sounding good.

Judy
(F. Costa 7/8 outfit)

Hi Amy,

Wow wow and wow, what a beautiful violin, my wife and I were just totally amazed when we opened the case, I can't thank Andy and you enough, I will write a

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Why Scrolls?

By Violin Maker Andy Fein, Fein Violins, Ltd.
Scroll of a Gasparo da Salo viola, Brescia circa 1609

In my role as a violin maker and shop owner, I often hear string players searching for an instrument say, "I don't really care what it looks like, I'm only interested in the sound." To which I usually reply, "If looks didn't count, we could paint them all black and use a square block for the scroll." Obviously, in violin family instruments, looks count. We're all interested in the color and beauty of the varnish, the beauty of the wood, and the artistic details such as the f holes, the arching, and the scroll. The scroll is

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Why f Holes?

f holes, The 'Harrison' Stradivarius circa 1693

By Andy Fein, Violin Maker & Owner, Fein Violins, Ltd.

It's pretty hard to miss the very distinctive feature of the violin family's sound holes. The f hole. They are almost like a violin maker's fingerprints. Very distinctive and a true sign of a maker's skill.

Stradivarius f holes, Royal Palace of Madrid Stradivarius circa 1700

But why f holes? There are many other sound hole patterns that would probably work as well.