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Bai's Violins, the violins that read the notes

Link of cello test play video (336MB) - clean and with no virus.

Date: Dec 28 2017

Luthier of the white: Lu Qing (Our first master luthier).

Luthier of the varnish and setup: our luthier customer from NY 12833, United States.

Cellist: A friend of above luthier.

Comments by the cellist: "like it a lot", "The cello came out great. Certainly professional quality."

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Link of violin test play video (167MB) - clean and with no virus.

Date: Feb 27 2018

Luthier of the white: Lu Qing (Our first master luthier).

Luthier of the varnish and setup: our luthier customer from NY 12833, United States.

Violinist: A friend of above luthier.

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Link of review to the violin test played (285MB) - clean and with no virus.

Date: Feb 27 2018

This is a review to the violin by the same violinist after her test play.

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Violins and Carbon fiber cases
Violins: to compare ours to the violins by Chinese luthier¡¯s in the US

Ours professional solo grade violins by Lu Qing at $2500 price range
is better than or at least the same as
violins by any Chinese luthier¡¯s in the US at $10,000 price range.

Ours student grade violins at $300 - $800 price range
is better than
violins by any Chinese luthier¡¯s in the US at $2500 price range.

All violins by any Chinese luthier¡¯s in the US at $2500 price range are made in factories in China either by CNC or production line.

I can just randomly pick one of our $300 or $800 violins, that will be better than one of their $2500 violins.

I only compare ours with those Chinese luthier¡¯s in the US for their violins either at $2500 or $10,000.

All other Chinese violins made in China are not even worth me to compare with.

Lu Qing¡¯s violins can only be great, impossible to be with any error, his methods already decide the only great result.

If you want to cheat yourself, then please purchase the violins by the Chinese luthier¡¯s in the US at $2500 price range.

If you do not want to cheat yourself, then please purchase our Lu Qing¡¯s violins at $2500 price range, you will never be disappointed by doing this.

Carbon fiber cases: to compare ours to other Chinese manufacturer¡¯s ¡°carbon fiber¡± cases

Ours Carbon fiber cases
are the only real carbon fiber cases made in whole China.

All other cases called ¡°carbon fiber¡± cases made in China are not made of carbon fiber, they are made of a material called PC ¨C Polycarbonate, the price for this case is around $50.

Our business partner, the carbon fiber production manufacturer is the only carbon fiber manufacturer in whole China has the ability makes the 30%-100% carbon fiber cases also makes for our 100% carbon fiber electric guitars.

All other carbon fiber cases made in China on China¡¯s market and international market are fake carbon fiber cases, they are made of Polycarbonate, and all stripes look like carbon fiber stripes are printed on the material, they are not the carbon fiber stripes, the stripes are man made on fake purpose.

If you are very surprised that why our cases are so expensive, that is because the carbon fiber material is very expensive and the ways to make it are very complicate, so cost is very high.

If you are very surprised that why the others ¡°carbon fiber¡± cases are priced very ¡°reasonable¡± or "very cheap", that is because the Polycarbonate is very cheap and the ways to make it is much easier and many factories can do it.

If you want to cheat yourself, then please purchase the fake carbon fiber cases made of Polycarbonate at $50 price range.

If you do not want to cheat yourself, then please either purchase foam cases or our real carbon fiber cases, you will never be disappointed by doing this.

You really don¡¯t need to buy the case that you knew that it is not carbon fiber but you would like to believe that is carbon fiber, that is really cheat yourself, but why?


Today (2017-Nov-2), I have received a reference from my customer from Tehran for his No.498 violin, I have been waiting for this reference for many months, so I am so happy that I finally got it today! as below:

Dear Dong,
First of all I would like to thank you very much for the aesthetically pleasing violin you have made for me. Here are my reviews after couple of months of playing with my new violin:
The sound is very even from one string to another. The E string has enough warmth and depth. The A and the D are both evocative of a good copy of a del Gesu; and speaking of G, although I expected a bit faster response and a little more volume, its darkness is the thing with which I have obsessed.
I use Dominant string set and it works very well on my violin. Again, I thank you very much dear Dong. I have played the Prelude in E BWV1006 with my new violin, part of which is attached for you.
Best regards

Here is the No.498 violin made of one piece 4A grade Bosnian maple and 4A grade Bosnian spruce:

 

Today (2017-Nov-6), James wrote to me again for more recommendation:

This is an audio link - Tone Poem in C Major (On a Perfect Day) by this customer James for the bass violin Lu Qing made for him, Right click here to save link/target as ...

Hi Dong,

Hope all is going well with you.

It has been a few weeks since I adjusted to my final setup, including the bridge, sound post, string action, etc. though I still need to plane the fingerboard further a little bit on the G string side. The bass violin is started to produce the proper and more projecting tone to my fondness. The two lower strings make deep tones profound enough to accompany a chamber ensemble yet the upper registers are as brilliant as a cello to perform solo repertories. J. S. Bach¡¯s Cello Suites can be transposed with the same fingering as the cello yet the bass violin has a much deeper tone not only because of the lowered key but produces a more solemn atmosphere. The tone is beautiful, smooth and projecting. You have succeeded in creating a truly professional grade bass violin. I would like to promote to the chamber music communities in the future. This is a great bass violin. I will plan to demonstrate it to professional musicians in the coming season.

Your craftsmanship is at a highest level I have seen. I have a greatest respect for your luthier. The tone wood is solid and tight grain and the oil varnish is beautiful which complements the sound it produces. I am extremely happy with the instrument and wanted to share my spirits with you.

Thank you so much,

James

Here is the formal reference from James for his No.503 bass violin, I have just received the reference yesterday (2017-10-25), as below:

Hi Dong,

Thank you very much for the great bass violin.

I did my final set up and the following is my first impression.

Overall the tone is beautiful and warm, very even from the low to the upper registers without noticeable weak or harsh spots. All sounds soothing to my ears with very natural projection and volume. The lower register has a bassy sound comparable to a double bass and upper register seamlessly merges into the cello register. The response is quick with ease and a cello bow is more than adequate to pull the sound out of this bass violin. The craftsmanship is perfect. The tone wood and oil varnish are of the highest quality and beautiful. Just very nice to look at, even as a sculpture! This bass violin with 5th tuning is a great new family of instrument with superb craftsmanship and tone I¡¯d like to recommend and promote to the chamber music communities around the world. It works perfect for a solo instrument as well.

As you know I have a little more work to do relating to the string action, the fingerboard scoop planning and sound post adjustments. The ergonomics and the ease of playing is one of my priority as well.

I will write more later as the setup and the new strings settle in. Also, I¡¯ll include some recommendations and collaborations for the future pursuit to be a world class luthier.

James

P.S. I'll take some pictures as well.

I have just received some comments from our No.503 bass violin (1/8 size) customer, this is not his formal reference yet, but just some comments.

James of California is a Master luthier and he ordered a 1/8 bass violin from us and sent us with his own design.

Below is his comments (twice):

2017-9-20:

Hi Dong, Hope all is well with you. I am re-planing the fingerboard now and recutting the nut. The fingerboard arch and scoop need to be properly shaped. I apply linseed oil at every step. As you know linseed oil is very slow to harden. The fingerboard is now dressed with charcoal ink impregnated and coated with ebony oil. Please check the photo below. Also I'm hand rubbing the varnish with mixture of rotten stone and pumice stone and oil to get the proper sheen.

Overall, your craftsmanship is excellent. I will let you know on the sound later. By tap tone checking it seems to be very good. James

2017-9-21:

Please use the photos and/or my writings, if you like. I will write a full impression and review of the instrument when the set up is done. So far the bass violin is excellent and perfect shape and size. The gradation appears extremely good. My review will not be to criticize but to praise and help your craftsmanship and reputation as a maker. It will include some suggestions for the future projects to enhance your business.

I will be in Germany in the first part of October so most likely afterwards. I will look for some instrument parts when I'm there. Will keep you posted. Thank you for every thing.

James

(Below is the instrument in his house)

Today (2017-August-05) is another exciting day as I received a reference from James of UK for his two 3/4 violins at professional solo grade made of 4A grade Bosnian maple and spruce by our first Master luthier Lu Qing along with two 3/4 top quality Brazilian Pernambuco wood bows and carbon fiber cases also carbon fiber shoulder rests.

Hello Dong,

It has been 6 months since I received the two 3/4 violins, sufficient time to make an assessment.

In a word, they are "Excellent." They have a full rich tone and are powerful and responsive. The violin workmanship is of the highest standard along with the bows and cases.

I had no hesitation in reserving the woods for full size violins for the future.

Thank you Dong.

(James of UK)

Added on February 3 2018: the 2 violins are "best musical investment I've ever made"

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Below are the violins made of 4A grade Bosnian maple and spruce;

Top quality Brazilian Pernambuco wood bows;

Carbon fiber cases and carbon fiber shoulder rests

 

Below is a reference by an Australian customer who ordered an intermediate student grade cello (3/4 No.c_228):

31st July 2017
Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Re: Great work by Dong and his luthier for our Intermediate Student Cello

To whom it may concern,
We are very happy to have received the Intermediate Student Cello sent by Dong and his company ChineseViolins.com. The workmanship is amazing and after a few adjustments the cello sounds great. Though the cello still needs to have its potential sound maximized by playing a few more months, it is of great value.
Dong is very kind and a professional man, he responds to our queries on time and the cello came in great packaging too. We are very pleased with the purchase and would recommend Dong and his company to anyone who is thinking of purchasing an excellent instrument at an affordable price. The luthier is truly great to have produced such excellent work. We are very appreciative and wish Dong and his company all the best!
Kindest regards,
Tiffany & family

Here are some photos of the cello:

 

This is a professional solo grade violin made for Marco of Italy.

Marco wrote me a reference again on 2017-7-22:

The violin is really done very well.

Below is Marco's reference on 2017-7-1:  

In a perfect packaging is quickly arrived at my home the violin shipped by Mr. Dong. The very accurate packing immediately gave me the impression of professionalism and experience of Mr. Dong's firm. The white violin appears very well done, also taken care of in details and respectful of the indications that I gave during its realization. Now I just have to do with wood preparation and varnishing. However, the starting point seems to me great, so I expect, at work, an excellent result. Many Thanks to Mr. Dong for the quickly assistance and presence during all this time.
Marco

Ok, Now, if anyone would like to ask for questuions to Marco about the violin, then please let me know, I will ask Marco if I can pass his email address to you. If so, you will talk to him about the violin Lu made for him.

Added by Marco on Feb 5, 2018:

Before this last varnished, I have tested the sound in the laboratory of a old luthier in Cagliari,¡­. He was a violinist and has also study luthiery with Sgarabotto in Cremona. We have played violin and the sound is very very good and deep ¡­

The luthier has tested and sound the violin fitted and varnished (without last transparent layer on the table) and he has told me that it sound very well and after 1 year, if I play well and intonate, it still improves¡­.

Below are two references from our customers, they are only two here, more references please view from our reference page.

1. Our No. 448 professional solo violin customer from Rockville USA:

I had a quick chance to play and look at the violin. Wow, great it plays better than Jay Haide violins that I carry. I am not the greatest player but I will have one of my staff play it tomorrow. Great violin, were in business. I just need the 7k bow to sample then I will put together a package and sell many. I know it will sound better and better as it ages a little.
Regards,

added on 26th August 2015:
I love the bow! I have a $15,000. Bow and your bow plays better. The sound is warm and wonderful. The violin and bow are at the ¡­¡­
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I just wanted to let you know that we love your violin and bow.

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2. Oliviero from Italy ordered an advanced student violin from us, he wrote me a reference today (2016-11-23) as below:

Dear Dong

Today I got Half hour to try the violin below my first impressions:

Sound : very powerful

Tones : full of harmonic

Keyboard : perfect

Harmonic: very clear fluted

Shape: perfect!

Bow: light and sensitive responsiveness

To try: I made scales and arpeggios in fist second and fifth positions

Satisfaction: very satisfied!
My compliments to you well work.
Probably after or before Chinese New Year I will place to you one order to make a professional one and one more like mine.
Keep in touch

Oliviero

Please note, the one Oliviero has is our advanced student violin only, not a professional solo violin.

Here is the violin for Oliviero:

   

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

I was in Shanghai from the Oct 24th 2016 for a week.

I was so lucky that I had an oppprtunity to ask World Famours Italian Master Luthier Mr Simeone Morassi to check Our Lu Qing's Professional Solo grade violin for the quality.

Master Morassi tested for a long time without play, without tap, only by looking, the result is, it is a totally perfect made violin, very top quality, just a bit to improve on the varnish, to be a little more clear so that to see the flame more clear.

Please view some photos here.

Just a few luthiers in Shanghai had the rare opportunity.

We are now more and more and more confidance to our full hand made violins!!!

Many Thanks to Master Morassi!!!

Dong



The website Chinese Violins was created in 1995. We custom make and build master Chinese violins for customers all around the world. We focus on professional violins and advanced student violins. Every piece is a master Chinese violin with top sound quality.

Welcome to ChineseViolins.com. Here you are provided with a wealth of information regarding my work.

You will find detailed descriptions and clear examples of my polished work as well as photos documenting every step of the instrument's transfiguration from raw wood into a beautiful example of the luthier's art.

Also available are many references from customers pleased with my humble efforts and photos of them experiencing the satisfaction my work has given them.

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  Thank you for entering our website and, again, welcome! Perhaps you hold an interest in my background and my works, so please allow me to spend a moment satisfying that interest.

  I, Lu Qing the first master luthier of Bai's Violins, was born in 1964 and I have been fascinated with musical instruments and their making since early childhood, especially in the violin. At the age of 20, I began my apprenticeship under Master Maolin Song (ËÎïÁÖ) when we worked in China National Opera House in the early of 80's. I then followed Master Maolin Song to his company worked there around middle of 80's totally almost for 20 years before I began to work independently. I enjoyed regular opportunities to study many outstanding examples of the luthier's art. I also have regular opportunities to probe into the techniques and requirements of sound production with contemporary violinists. Thus, I obtained violin making inspiration among them. Having hand-crafted hundreds of violins, violas, cellos, and double bass' for 30 years, my technique is now exquisite, and the sound of my instruments is pure and powerful. I am one of very few genuine luthiers in China.

 I craft instruments with either a traditional or an antique finish. Though I use modern, updated tools for making, I adhere strictly to traditional Cremonese methods, inheriting the classical luthiers' experience. I sound the instrument to transfer its "feel", and my experience allows me to accurately gauge the wood and refine each gradation. Thus, by utilizing traditional technique and modern scientific findings in synthesis, a superior sound and performance arises that echoes that of antique works. It is one favored by most players.

  The woods I employs are for the back, brilliantly flamed maple from Sichuan Province which has been air-dried for over 25 years. For the top, I selects from the spruce forests of Himalaya and Xinjiang's Altai mountains, also air-dried for over 25 years. The material is excellent, neither too hard nor too soft, with an elasticity admirably suited to creating a resonant instrument. The finished work often results in a maple back striped like a tiger, and a spruce top of fine even grain. I have personally selected all the materials with great discrimination, often just one from every hundred, then left them to dry for 25 years. As an alternative, you may select European maple for the back which is more than 30 years old, and aged spruce that is more than 100 years old.

  I also offer a selection of varnishes to suit your preferences, all of which are aesthetically elegant and tastefully applied.

  Whether you are an aspiring soloist, professional ensemble member, renowned teacher, or rising student, I can create an instrument to satisfy and exceed your requirements. Please browse at your leisure, share with me what you are looking for in an instrument, and I do hope you'll consider being one of my many customers from all around the world.

Short description of Master luthiers of Bai's Violins:

I, Lu Qing, from year 2005, instrument number 280, to now;
Xu Lian Kun , year 1998 - 2007, instrument number 208 - 279;
Sun Pei Xiang, year 1995 - 2000, instrument number before 208. 

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