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About this Workshop
Wang Luthiery is one of the oldest workshop in China. Mr Wang and I go back a long way when I started the business, helped e a lot. Now nearing his retirement, he now works with me to re-create ancient, transitional models that no other violin makers makes in the world. We hope this can be a nice contribution to the strings community. You will find many experimental models in his stable of violins I will present to everyone.
The 1819 Chanot Violin.
Designed by Francois Chanot and built probably by George Chanot and/or Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in 1819, this violin follow closely the shape of a guitar, without corners or overhanding edges. The original violin is currently kept at the US National Music Museum in South Dakota. The most significant of this violin is the scroll, bending downwards instead of upwards, and the long f-holes. Current Chanots seemed to be available in limited copies at authentic violin shops, however they are extremely expensive and have the modern normal scroll. This takes away what makes the Chanot special in the first place.
About this model
Many players have been surprised by the Chanot violin. It has a wonderful warm sound. Playing it is just a unique experience. We have discussed the special properties with many players and we attribute this uniqueness in tone to the reverse scroll of the violin. It somehow changes the way the tone moves from the violin box to the peg box. The way the scroll is in the same direction as the strings strings changed the physics of the tone propagation. The unique design of the f-holes blends nicely with the Gusetto shape of the violin, allowing for a different amplication in the way a violin usually gives its projection. Once you play this Chanot, you will have a hard time putting it down. It is also a real show stopper with the highly unusual appearance, a plus if you perform on stage. It makes people remember you.
Here we attempt to make an accurate copy, retaining the reverse scroll and the long f-holes, but keeping a normal tailpiece instead of the guitar-style tailpiece. This is for purpose of adapting to modern playing methods and ease of strings change and tone adjustment. This is a unique chance to own a piece of history, and an unusual addition to anyone's violin collection.