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About Snow Violins

Throughout the years, numerous luthiers have made a trip from China to Europe to take in the artistic work of violin making from trustworthy schools in Germany, France and Italy. A portion of the all the more very prepared and gifted violin producers set up workshops where they made quality instruments and prepared new creators. One of these luthiers was Xueping Hu, originator of the Snow workshop in Beijing, China.

Despite the fact that Snow is noted for its violins, the workshop likewise creates other handmade stringed instruments including violas, cellos and basses. As his six-specialist shop developed into more than seventy experts, Xueping Hu and his sibling set up Snow Stringed Instruments, a discount organization whose intention was to appropriate to retailers instruments hand-made exclusively in the Beijing workshop.

Snow’s produces a line of violins categorized into four types: basic, advanced, professional and performance. Most are based on Strad & Guarneri models. The basic models are high quality student violins to lower intermediate violins that retail from between $1,200 and $1,700 depending on whether a player orders a SV200, SV300 or SV400 model. Perfect for students, all SV models sound warm and resonant and are antiqued with hand-rubbed varnish and feature a top made of spruce and a back crafted from maple.

The PV models, or “advanced”, are crafted for higher intermediate and advanced violin players and range in price between $2,200 and $3,700 depending on whether one purchases the PV800, PV900 or the PV1000. These intermediate violins are made with higher-quality and longer-aged European tone woods. The varnish is higher-end, and offers the player more varied tones of color.

Snow violins are shipped from China to New York in ready-to-play condition. Once in New York, they undergo a battery of quality control tests by specialists to assure that the set up, tone and overall quality is up to standard. This is done before shipping the violins to retailers across the country.

Interestingly, even though these violins are set up and tested, most violin shops who stock snow violins will take the time to set up the violins yet again, according to the standards of the shop. This may include relocation of the sound post and new strings. By the time the violin reaches the hands of the player, it has received much attention from several craftsmen.

Many retail violin shops will pair Snow violin with different types of bows, cases and basic accessories in order to sell the Snow violin as an outfit. Prices will vary depending on the quality of the case and bow, but it is typically a good value to purchase an instrument as part of an outfit assembled by a knowledgeable maker.