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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:
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:
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,
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:
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.
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):
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
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.
(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.
(James of UK)
Added on February 3 2018: the 2 violins are "best musical investment I've ever made"
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
Re: Great work by Dong and his luthier for our Intermediate Student Cello
To whom it may concern,
Here are some photos of the cello:
This is a professional solo grade violin made for Marco of Italy, Marco has a friend in Italy who is a master luthier.
Marco wrote me a reference about the violin, and his friend luthier only gave one sentence as result after checked the violin both inside and outside, told by Marco, on 2017-7-22:
He saw the violin and said he really done very well.
(the first "He" is Marco's friend luthier in Iatly, and the second "he" is our first master luthier Lu Qing).
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.
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.
2. Oliviero from Italy ordered an advanced student violin from us, he wrote me a reference today (2016-11-23) as below:
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
Bow: light and sensitive responsiveness
To try: I made scales and arpeggios in fist second and fifth positions
Satisfaction: very satisfied!
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.
We are now more and more and more confidance to our full hand made violins!!!
Many Thanks to Master Morassi!!!
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