The 1714 Stradivarius Model Violin
...I specialize in crafting a full sized violin patterned after one Stradivarius made in 1714 at Cremona, Italy.
...The measurements and patterns from this instrument were accurately recorded by English author and violin maker Ed. Heron-Allen during 1885 in his published book: "Violin Making as it was and is" (currently in print and widely read).
...From his book, on page 226, he says"...I may say that unless you wish particularly to copy any particular fiddle, you cannot do better than adopt the model, outline,mold, etc. given in plate IV., which is that of a Stradivarius of the most finished elegance."
...I was impressed by this statement of a man immersed in the world of violins and decided his opinion was good guidance for me.
...On page 78 he also says: "...his (Stradivarius') best instruments has the purfling pointed across the corner instead of following it round, and it is not uncommmon to find it running completely through the corner." I try to apply this observation when doing corner purfling (the imbedded black-white-black border strips on both plates).
...You also may take comfort in Ed. Heron-Allen's opinion that your violin's shape, model, arching, and 'ff' holes are unsurpassed, and that this design represented a high point in Stradivarius' creative power of violin making.
...Body length of this instrument is 14 1/8" and it's finished weight with strings, bridge, and chin rest is about one pound.
...These violins are made from the fine quality
tone woods; (spruce for the top plate, end and corner blocks, liner strips, bass bar, and sound post) ( maple for the back plate, side ribs, neck, scroll and bridge) (Tuning pegs, fingerboard,tailpiece and end pin are usually first quality ebony wood).
...[Now, 2017, I have added Wood Tone and Rub Tone selected wood for all the parts for optimum playing characteristics.]
... All glue joints are make with traditional (water-bath animal glue heated at 150 'F.) hide or hare glue for superior strength and long life. The some-times trouble-some neck-to-body joint is further reinforced internally with (2) 3/4" long epoxy-bonded 1/4" diameter threaded aluminum rods. With good care your violin should provide several hundred years of service, hopefully delivering special pleasure both to player and listener alike.
...Each instrument is the result of about 150 hours of labor spread out over five to eight weeks. Additional time after the varnishing is required for a violin to show it's mature character. The oil varnish is said to dry completely over an eight year period. [We now use the Flitz polish technique to mature the varnish immediately.)
...I use the expernal mold (French method) to form the ribs structure, which accurately reproduces the Stradivari pattern.
...The thing I am becoming well known for is my increasing ability to make the various parts of the violin acoustically balanced [ Tap Tone tuned] to work with the rest of the instrument. My violins now produce clear pleasing tone that carries well and has good power. This is the result of many hundreds of hours of testing and research over the past twenty years.
...I hope you will consider my work when you decide to upgrade your instrument...
David A. Langsather Salem, Oregon, USA