Every piece of art is unique because of its author.
First of all, you must meet the luthiers, the talent behind all the handcrafted masterpieces you find. Unlike large-scale produced violins, a handmade one is carefully made by a maker who spends so many hours constructing the instrument. Meaning the maker needs to study, go to violin school, spend years practicing at a workshop, and get a mentorship, among many other things.
The first time you see a handmade violin, it is an experience in which you won’t know what to expect. It’s usually not expected that such a distinctive type of instrument can be made by hand with high quality. The craftsmanship of the Italian violin is so evident in each detail, that it produces a beautiful sound unlike any other violin.
The luthier must undergo a long time of studies and dedication to earn this quality and artistic knowledge! Luthiers are the people who manufacture violins and other instruments from the violin family—such as violas and cellos. They have been producing these musical instruments for nearly 500 years. To be an acclaimed luthier means that a person is one of the few masters in existence with such great craftsmanship. The instruments made by luthier’s are both aesthetically appealing and superior in sound quality when compared with other violins. And in many cases, with a price tag of over a million dollars.
So, why are violins expensive
Experienced craftspeople know exactly what piece of wood is best for each violin and what kind of model, fittings, and varnishing it needs to get your ideal result. When the luthier makes your violin, he/she has a reason for everything he/she does. It’s a timeless treasure.
Handmade Italian violins stand out because of the craftsmanship and expertise it takes to build each of them. They are made with a distinct personality and high quality materials that no factory-made violin will ever be able to mimic. There is no denying that owning a handmade violin will not only be an investment in your musical endeavors but a work of art as well.
Just like a painting by a famous artist, violins have their own value and a high price. Not to mention that later, a well-looked-after and maintained violin can hold its value and increase the price tag over time.