Workshop Violins & Violas by Ming Jiang Zhu
Fiddleheads Violin Studio is an authorized shop selling authentic violins and violas from the workshop of the late Mr. Ming Jiang Zhu in Guangzhou, China.
Mr. Zhu was winner several highly prestigious awards including two Gold Medals in Violin Making [1994 and 2006] and a Silver Award in Viola making  in the Violin Society of America Competitions.
Created by one of the word's most celebrated luthiers, Mingjiang Violins creates Stradivarius and Guarneri replicas with luxurious Italian styling. Radiant highly-flamed maple and tightly-grained spruce. The instruments are then meticulously oil antique finished by hand, making the violins look like master antiques.
These fine violins and violas can be appreciated by even the most discerning player and are played by amateurs to soloists and professionals. The tone is smooth, velvety and striking and improves greatly with play and time.
*Note that as these instruments are new they of course require being played to bring out their full tone and will improve with time. Basic break-in time from a few weeks to a few months depending on the player.
The workshop applies both time-tested old-world practices and fascinating modern scientific techniques to produce an improved vintage style violin.
For example, by re-graduating (carving) the front and back plates of the instrument in an asymmetric pattern the maker "tunes" the individual piece of wood to bring out the finest tone possible.
These workshop violins and violas, particularly the 909 top level, are quite comparable to instruments by other award-winning makers which are quite easily double the retail price. Details in the carving, glowing patterns in the fine wood and subtle nuances in tone make these instruments true works of art that will be cherished for many years to come.
All instruments are professionally set-up by Zhu's workshop and any necessary adjustments due to varying climate upon arrival in Canada are made by our highly qualified luthier.
The strings included vary on the model, but other strings can be provided by request. Also, to keep prices as low as possible, case and bow may be purchased as additionally (with a healthy discount) to make an outfit. Finally, we offer fantastic, unmatched service and work to make our prices the best as well.
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