– Italian for “Earth” –
Modeled after the design by the famous Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737, Cremono, Italy).
- Ornamental Stradivarius crafted by Dutch designer artist Dennis van Hoof.
- Top and bottom panels, ribs, neck and scroll carved out of kiln-dried Turkish olive wood (6 layers of protective clear varnish; no stain), with sparkling spring green resin accents.
- Tuning pegs, tail piece, end button, and chin rest made of Indonesian rosewood (polished; no stain), with ebony wood trims and brass hardware.
- Traditional fingerboard, nut, and tail gut saddle carved from Indonesian ebony wood (natural black; no stain).
- Bridge of Bosnian maple with ebony wood insert for the E-string (by Teller, Germany).
- Concert-grade, medium gauge steel strings with ball ends and perlon core (by Fiddlershop, USA).
- Black finetuner (by Wittner, Germany) for the E-string.
- Sturdy, deluxe “Jaeger Prestige” thermo-shell violin case in carbon-optic black, with Swiss lock, spring green velvet linings, and removable shoulder straps (by Gewa, Germany).
- Red rosin in a maple wood box with magnetic lid (by Sartory/Peccatte, France).
- Sartory model 4/4 size concert-grade pernambuco brazilwood bow with ebony frog, mother-of-pearl shining Parisian inlays, leather grip, brass hardware and natural horse hair (by Vingobow, Asia).
- World-wide expedited shipping, with tracking number and insurance (currency exchange fees, customs clearance, and import duty not included).
Price (all-inclusive): $165,000.00
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Spring green resin elements enhance the unique imperfections, which testify the harsh conditions and portray countless seasons that the Turkish olive wood had to endure.
While the stark blackness of the fingerboard and tailgut saddle made out of naturally charcoal-colored ebony wood emphasizes the soft tones of the olive wood, the warm chocolate-brown of the rosewood tuning pegs, end pin, tail piece and chin rest complements the violin’s lush, mellow hues.
Although this is primarily a decorative ornamental piece of art, it yearns to be heard. And with a janka hardness scale of 2,700 lbf (which is twice that of dried oak), the dense structure and heavy weight of Turkish olive wood generates a surprisingly rich and extraordinarily deep sound that is unparalleled.
Vibrant gold and bronze ripples and swirls, like honey and caramel that refuse to blend, typify the soothing colors and capricious grain motifs of natural, unstained olive wood.
The seemingly random and irregular grain pattern emphasizes the gentle curves of the violin’s characteristic f-holes, and harmoniously decorates the smooth bends of the ribs, and sharp angles of the corner blocks.
The classical shape of the neck and scroll, carved with both traditional and modern woodworking techniques and tools out of an unconventional selection of materials, unites established, historical craftsmanship with contemporary art and novel technologies.
The sturdy, hand-built case with Swiss lock has a wooden frame that is lined with green velvet, which matches the sparkling green resin of the violin, and has dedicated storage compartments for a set of bows and rosin, which are included.
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