Classic Violinmaking TechniquesOviolin employ traditional violinmaking techniques in the making of violins, viola and cellos. These techniques are inherited from the German violinmakers who came to China in the early 1980s. Oviolin also continuously improved the skills of its luthiers by working with many international violinmakers on custom projects and formal training visits and exchanges. This helps us to continuously improve.
Quality ControlOviolin inherit our German production quality control roots from Dan Sun, who has worked in Hofner GmbH’s China's subsidiary for over 20 years as violinmaker, quality control director and purchasing director. He implemented quality control standards that were practiced in Germany and this helped us scaled our production successfully from 1 violinmaker to 8 violinmakers within each workshop.
We are Wood SuppliersThe Oviolin network not only consists of violinmakers. We are also wood suppliers. We work with forrest farms and commit to purchase a fixed number of wood each year. This makes us the first tier wood suppliers in China. After we select the wood for our own use, we then sell the remaining to other smaller violinmaking workshops and factories. Being our own wood suppliers allows us to control the quality of our violins from beginning till the end.
Austrian spruce & bosnian mapleYears of violinmaking tell us the Austrian Alps and Bosnian forests has some of the most consistent wood for great tone production. We use these European wood for our higher line of instruments. We also use a select number of wood from Northern Italy, which has a reputation for producing dark and mature tones. These are woods used throughout Italy's violinmaking community.
Northeast & Sichuan region woodsThe majority of our instruments are made with the woods found in China and Russia near the borders. These two countries are huge, Being first tier wood suppliers in China, allowing us to select the best for ourselves and selling the rest to smaller workshops and factories. What this means for you as a customer here is that you are given the best possible materials at any one time.
Pernambuco & ipe wood for bowsWe're proponents of using renewable wood and hence the majority of our bow offerings are made with pernambuco that comes from wood farms, or the fast growing IPE wood. IPE has physical properties that is very close to pernambuco, and many double blind experiments shows many experienced players preferring IPE to pernambuco. IPE being available in larger quantities also mean for the same price, you should choose IPE simply because good pernambuco are so hard to come by these days, and bowmakers only reserve them for the most demanding player.