With the ever increasing prices on old instruments, an growing number of musicians discover the pleasure of acquiring a modern instrument. By doing so, you have the opportunity to give your own personal voice to the instrument right from the start. It takes time to break in a new instrument, less than a year for violin and viola, and slightly more for a cello. For me it's important to follow the instrument and adjust it if necessary. It is of major importance that a new instrument is looked after during the first two years, and that is the reason why this work is included in the price of my instruments. A modern, properly build instrument will in most cases be more stable than an old instrument, especially when traveling and having major changes in humidity and temperature.
I use the best Italian spruce from Val d'Ega, a valley in the Alps of Northern Italy, Stradivari himself probably got his exquisite raw materials from the very same area. I visited there in 1997 and bought two logs of spruce (see picture above). This is now what I use for all my instruments, and in that way I am achieving continuity in my work.
My work has been based upon the patterns of the old Italian and Cremonese masters for the past 15 years. But now I am taking it one step further. I am now creating personal models from scratch, based on the classical design.
Please have a look at the different instruments in the gallery.