The Wessex XV violin is made from the finest European materials and hand crafted in England to an exquisite & exceptional level of finish. Each instrument is individually labelled by issue date & edition and is handcrafted in the workshops of the Wessex Violin Co, in the West of England. The instrument is made on a generic Stradivari pattern, with a typically English flourish to the scrolls and 'f' holes. They have a robust sound with the Balkan maple providing plenty of resistance, especially in the lower register. Like all new instruments the sound improves with playing.
The rear of the violin is made from two pieces of figured Balkan maple with ribs and scroll in a similar wood. The table in made from two pieces of Bavarian spruce of narrow/medium-narrow grain. The varnish is typically of a rich chestnut brown or gold ground.
Wessex, the region to the west of London and reaching out to rural Devon has its own claim to English violin making heritage. The cathedral city of Salisbury, the ancient capital of Wessex, was home to Benjamin Banks (1727-95), a reputed and prolific maker. Violin making in England has a strong heritage with celebrated makers such as William Forster, Thomas Kennedy, Benjamin Banks, the Hills, John Lott et al. produced fine instruments, especially cellos. Building upon a tradition of English workshop craftsmanship lost since the middle of the last century.
In the modern era Britain has some of the finest makers living whose work is regularly sought after by soloists and professionals alike. The United Kingdom can boast some of the finest individual makers in the world today and celebrates a history of excellence as epitomised by the tradition of the Newark School.
The Body: Back in two pieces of figured Balkan maple with ribs and scroll in a similar wood. The table in two pieces of Bavarian spruce of narrow/medium-narrow grain. Varnish typically of a rich chestnut brown on a gold ground.
Typical measurements: LOB 356mm, UB 167mm, MB 117mm & LB 207mm