A conversation between a Jazz musician and a luthier sparked the beginning of a quest to produce an ideal violin for on-stage performance more than twenty years ago. The luthier in question was Paul Davies from Australia, the violinist was Stéphane Grappelli. I’ve been really proud to be involved in the last four years of Paul’s epic quest to produce an ideal semi-acoustic violin, with fundamental sound qualities that relate to fine playing violins, but with the versatility to take it on stage, and as a foundation for exploring the uncharted depths that electronic music has to offer.
The spur system works on a specially designed transducer fitted around the soundpost that responds to the same internal body resonances of the instrument that give an ordinary violin its characteristic full and rich sound, and a process of re-engineering the instrument with shorter ribs, a flat back and a single soundhole all contribute to cutting out resonances that cause feedback and other problems familiar to instruments played with a transducer.
At present we only have a prototype at the studio. Please enquire to try it out. We expect to receive the first production batch in a few months time, including violas and cellos.
To see the first production prototype in Europe being taken through its paces by Peter Shepperd-Skaerved, watch here.