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Sitka Spruce

Harvested in British Columbia, Canada, the color of Sitka ranges from white to creamy to very light brown. It should be noted that some regions of Western Canada produce a very white Sitka Spruce in which discoloring is rare. We target this whiter Sitka Spruce in response to customers desiring a brighter, purer white soundboard similar to Engelmann Spruce and European Spruce. Tonally it as good balance, clarity and resonation, bright and crisp. Spruce Grading

Part & Dimensions

Item #

Sitka Spruce

Length x Width x Depth, Metric Converter

Grade Price
Violin Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+

SSVNTM

Master $50/set
Violin Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+ SSVNT3A 3A $45/set
Violin Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+ SSVNT2A 2A $35/set
Violin Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+ SSVNT1A 1A $30/set
Violin Top, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1"

SSVNTM2

Master $100
Violin Top, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1" SSVNT3A2 3A $90
Violin Top, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1" SSVNT2A2 2A $70
Violin Top, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1" SSVNT1A2 1A $60
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ SSVABM Master $65/set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ SSVAB3A 3A $55/set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ SSVAB2A 2A $45/set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ SSVAB1A 1A $35/set
Bass Bars, 15" x 3/4" x 3/4" SSBBM Master $8
Sound Posts Squares, 3" x 3/4" x 3/4" SSSPM Master $3
End & Corner Blocks, 3" x 2" x 1-1/2" SSECBM Master $3
Linings 2 pc./set, 15" x 2.5" x 1/8" SSLM Master $10
Cello Top, 2 pc./set, ea. half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ SSCTM Master $400/set
Cello Top, 2 pc./set, ea. half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ SSCT3A 3A $350/set
Cello Top, 2 pc./set, ea. half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ SSCT2A 2A $300/set
Cello Top, 2 pc./set, ea. half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ SSCT1A 1A $250/set
Bass Top, 2 pc./set, ea. half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ SSDBTM Master $600/set
Bass Top, 2 pc./set, ea. half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ SSDBT3A 3A $500/set
Bass Top, 2 pc./set, ea. half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ SSDBT2A 2A $350/set
Bass Top, 2 pc./set, ea. half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ SSDBT1A 1A $300/set
 
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Engelmann Spruce

Harvested in the northern interior of British Columbia (Rocky Mountains) The lightest and lowest density of the spruces, it is quickly becoming the favorite belly wood (top) for Violin Makers, especially for the cello and bass makers. With it's High overtone content and strong fundamental tone Engelmann Spruce delivers a warm mellow tone that is well suited for violin making. Spruce grading

Part & Dimensions

Item #

Engelmann Spruce

Length x Width x Depth, Metric Converter

Grade Price
Violin Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+

ESVNTM

Master $50/set
Violin Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+ ESVNT3A 3A $45/set
Violin Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+ ESVNT2A 2A $35/set
Violin Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+ ESVNT1A 1A $30/set
Violin Top, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1"

ESVNTM2

Master $100
Violin Top, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1" ESVNT3A2 3A $90
Violin Top, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1" ESVNT2A2 2A $70
Violin Top, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1" ESVNT1A2 1A $60
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ ESVABM Master $65/set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ ESVAB3A 3A $55/set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ ESVAB2A 2A $45set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ ESVAB1A 1A $35/set
Bass Bars, 15" x 3/4" x 3/4" ESBBM Master $8
Sound Posts Squares, 3" x 3/4" x 3/4" ESSPM Master $3
End & Corner Blocks, 3" x 2" x 1-1/2" ESECBM Master $3
Linings 2 pc./set, 15" x 2.5" x 1/8" ESLM Master $10
Cello Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ ESCTM Master $400/set
Cello Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ ESCT3A 3A $350/set
Cello Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ ESCT2A 2A $300/set
Cello Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ ESCT1A 1A $250/set
Bass Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ ESDBTM Master $600/set
Bass Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ ESDBT3A 3A $500/set
Bass Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ ESDBT2A 2A $350/set
Bass Top, 2 pc./set, each half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ ESDBT1A 1A $300/set
 
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Red Spruce (aka Adirondack Spruce)

Our Red Spruce tops are sawn from hand split billets, naturally seasoned to a moisture content of 6% and are ready to use. Our tops are extremely stiff and have excellent tap tone. Red Spruce grows in eastern Canada and the eastern United States. The strongest and stiffest of all the spruce species. Spruce grading
Red Spruce has a very high velocity of sound, and has the highest stiffness across and along the grain of all the top woods. Like Sitka, it has strong fundamentals, but it also exhibits a more complex overtone content. Tops made out of Red spruce have the highest volume ceiling of any species, yet they also have a rich fullness of tone that retains clarity at all dynamic levels.

Part & Dimensions

Item #

Red Spruce

Length x Width x Depth, Metric Converter

Grade Price
Violin Top, 2 pc./wedges, each half: 16" x 5" x 7/8" - 3/8"+

LSVNTM

Master $80/set
Violin Top, 2 pc./wedges, each half: 16" x 5" x 7/8" - 3/8"+ LSVNT3A 3A $70/set
Violin Top, 2 pc./wedges, each half: 16" x 5" x 7/8" - 3/8"+ LSVNT2A 2A $60/set
Violin Top, 2 pc./wedges, each half: 16" x 5" x 7/8" - 3/8"+ LSVNT1A 1A $50/set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ LSVABM Master $90/set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ LSVAB3A 3A $80/set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ LSVAB2A 2A $70/set
Viola Top 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ LSVAB1A 1A $60/set
Bass Bars, 15" x 3/4" x 3/4" LSBBM Master $12
Sound Posts Squares, 3" x 3/4" x 3/4" LSSPM Master $5
End & Corner Blocks, 3" x 2" x 1-1/2" LSECBM Master $5
Linings 2 pc./set, 15" x 2.5" x 1/8" LSLM Master $12/set
 
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Flamed Maple (Aged for 8 years) Maple Grading

Master Grade

3A Grade

2A Grade

1A Grade

 

Part & Dimensions

Item #

Flamed Maple

Length x Width x Depth, Metric Converter

Grade Price
Violin Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+, incl./ Ribs

FMVNBM

Master $65/set
Violin Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+, incl./ Ribs FMVNB3A 3A $55/set
Violin Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+, incl./ Ribs FMVNB2A 2A $45/set
Violin Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+, incl./ Ribs FMVNB1A 1A $30/set
Violin Back, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1", incl./ Ribs

FMVNBM2

Master $130
Violin Back, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1", incl./ Ribs FMVNB3A2 3A $120
Violin Back, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1", incl./ Ribs FMVNB2A2 2A $80
Violin Back, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1", incl./ Ribs FMVNB1A2 1A $50
Violin & Viola Ribs 3 pc./set, each piece: 18 x 2 x 3/16" FMVNRM Master $15
Violin & Viola Ribs 3 pc./set, each piece: 18 x 2 x 3/16" FMVNR3A 3A $12
Violin & Viola Ribs 3 pc./set, each piece: 18 x 2 x 3/16" FMVNR2A 2A $10
Violin & Viola Ribs 3 pc./set, each piece: 18 x 2 x 3/16" FMVNR1A 1A $8
Violin or Viola Neck, 16" x 2.25" x 2.5" FMVVNM Master $30
Violin or Viola Neck, 16" x 2.25" x 2.5" FMVVN3A 3A $25
Violin or Viola Neck, 16" x 2.25" x 2.5" FMVVN2A 2A $15
Violin or Viola Neck, 16" x 2.25" x 2.5" FMVVN1A 1A $10
Violin Kit, 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVNKM Master $90/kit
Violin Kit, 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVNK3A 3A $80/kit
Violin Kit, 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVNK2A 2A $60/kit
Violin Kit, 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVNK1A 1A $35/kit
Violin Kit, 1 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVNKM2 Master $150/kit
Violin Kit, 1 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVNK3A2 3A $130/kit
Violin Kit, 1 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVNK2A2 2A $95/kit
Violin Kit, 1 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVNK1A2 1A $65/kit
Viola Backs 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+, incl./ Ribs FMVABM Master $70/set
Viola Backs 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+, incl./ Ribs FMVAB3A 3A $55/set
Viola Backs 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+, incl./ Ribs FMVAB2A 2A $40/set
Viola Backs 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+, incl./ Ribs FMVAB1A 1A $30/set
Viola Backs 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVAKM Master $100/kit
Viola Backs 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVAK3A 3A $90/kit
Viola Backs 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVAK2A 2A $70/kit
Viola Backs 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit FMVAK1A 1A $50/kit
Cello Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ FMCBM Master $600/set
Cello Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ FMCBM3A 3A $575/set
Cello Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ FMCBM2A 2A $350/set
Cello Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 34+" x 10" x 1.25"+ FMCBM1A 1A $200/set
Cello Neck, 22" x 6" x 3.5" FMCNM Master $175
Cello Neck, 22" x 6" x 3.5" FMCN3A 3A $150
Cello Neck, 22" x 6" x 3.5" FMCN2A 2A $120
Cello Neck, 22" x 6" x 3.5" FMCN1A 1A $100
Bass Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ FMDBBM Master $800/set
Bass Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ FMDBB3A 3A $750/set
Bass Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ FMDBB2A 2A $650/set
Bass Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 48+" x 14+" x 1.25"+ FMDBB1A 1A $400/set
 
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Quilted Maple Maple Grading

Part & Dimensions

Item #

Quilted Maple

Length x Width x Depth, Metric Converter

Grade Price
Violin Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+

QMVNBM

Master $120/set
Violin Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+ QMVNB3A 3A $100/set
Violin Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+ QMVNB2A 2A $75/set
Violin Back, 2 pc./set, each half: 16" x 4.5" x 1"+ QMVNB1A 1A $45/set
Violin Back, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1"

QMVNBM2

Master $200
Violin Back, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1" QMVNB3A2 3A $180
Violin Back, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1" QMVNB2A2 2A $120
Violin Back, 1 pc. 16" x 9" x 1" QMVNB1A2 1A $60
Ribs 3 pc./set, each piece: 18 x 2 x 3/16" QMVNRM Master $25
Ribs 3 pc./set, each piece: 18 x 2 x 3/16" QMVNR3A 3A $20
Ribs 3 pc./set, each piece: 18 x 2 x 3/16" QMVNR2A 2A $15
Ribs 3 pc./set, each piece: 18 x 2 x 3/16" QMVNR1A 1A $10
Violin or Viola Neck, 16" x 2.25" x 2.5" QMVVNM Master $50
Violin or Viola Neck, 16" x 2.25" x 2.5" QMVVN3A 3A $40
Violin or Viola Neck, 16" x 2.25" x 2.5" QMVVN2A 2A $30
Violin or Viola Neck, 16" x 2.25" x 2.5" QMVVN1A 1A $15
Violin Kit, 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit QMVNKM Master $160/kit
Violin Kit, 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit QMVNK3A 3A $140/kit
Violin Kit, 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit QMVNK2A 2A $105/kit
Violin Kit, 2 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit QMVNK1A 1A $80/kit
Violin Kit, 1 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit QMVNKM2 Master $260/kit
Violin Kit,  1 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit QMVNK3A2 3A $230/kit
Violin Kit,  1 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit QMVNK2A2 2A $150/kit
Violin Kit,  1 pc. Back, Ribs & Neck Kit QMVNK1A2 1A $90/kit
Viola Backs 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ QMVABM Master $130/set
Viola Backs 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ QMVAB3A 3A $110/set
Viola Backs 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ QMVAB2A 2A $75/set
Viola Backs 2 pc./set, each half: 17 x 5.5" x 1"+ QMVAB1A 1A $35/set
 
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Part & Dimensions

Item #

Purfling

Length x Width x Thickness, Metric Converter

Grade Price
Hard Maple Purfling Strips, 3 pc./set, each pc. 18" x 1/8" x 1/4" HMPS Clear $10
Poplar Purfling Strips, 3 pc./set, each pc. 18" x 1/8" x 1/4" POPS Clear $10
 
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Violin & Viola Tonewood Kits (Aged for 8 years) Violin Wood Grading

Below kits include:

  • 1x Spruce 2 pc. Top
  • 1x Flamed Maple 2 pc. Back
  • 1x Flamed Maple 3 pc. Rib Set
  • 1x Flamed Maple Neck Blank
  • 1x Fingerboard Blank
  • 1x Master Grade Spruce Bass Bar
  • 1x Master Grade Spruce Sound Post
  • 2x Spruce Corner Blocks
  • 1x Spruce End Block
  • 3x Master Grade Spruce Linings
  • 3x Hard Maple Purfling Strips
  • 3x Dark Rosewood Purfling Strips

If you are a Beginner Builder and you do not know exactly what you will need, please feel free to email us and we will help you select the items you will need to build the musical instrument you desire.

Please Note: All parts excluding the top, back, ribs and neck in all kit grades are Master Grade quality. The only difference in all kit grades, is the top, back, ribs and neck grade which fall into that particular grade. For instance, a 1A Grade Kit has all Master Grade parts except the top, back, ribs and neck, the rest of the parts in a 1A Grade Kit are Master Grade.

Tonewood Parts come in the following species options: Spruce, Flamed Maple, Quilted Maple, Narra, Walnut, Cypress, Basswood, Rosewood, Ebony. Kits with different wood species combinations may vary in price.

Please note: the below kit prices are based upon kits containing the traditional wood for violin, they are prices based on kits containing flamed maple back, sides and neck. But if you choose a kit containing a less expensive wood than the flamed maple, the price for your kit will be less than the below prices. So if you wish to buy a kit that contains a back, sides and neck in a wood less expensive than the flamed maple, please email us for a price.

Description

Item #

Violin & Viola Tonewood Kits
Grade w/ Engelmann or Sitka Spruce Top w/ Red Spruce Top
Master Grade Full Violin Kit FMFKVNM Master $170/kit $210/kit
3A Grade Full Violin Kit FMFKVN3A 3A $155/kit $190/kit
2A Grade Full Violin Kit FMFKVN2A 2A $125/kit $150/kit
1A Grade Full Violin Kit FMFKVN1A 1A $95/kit $120/kit
Entry Level Grade Full Violin Kit FMFKVNB Entry $85/kit $115/kit
Master Grade Full Viola Kit FMFKVAM Master $200/kit $230/kit
3A Grade Full Viola Kit FMFKVA3A 3A $180/kit $215/kit
2A Grade Full Viola Kit FMFKVA2A 2A $150/kit $180/kit
1A Grade Full Viola Kit FMFKVA1A 1A $120/kit $155/kit
Entry Level Grade Full Viola Kit FMFKVAB Entry $95/kit $130/kit
 

 

Violin Making Books, DVDs & Plans

Please note: One of the most reasonably priced places to buy Lutherie books, instructional material and non-wood parts, some tools, and accessories for building instruments is Amazon. And on many occasions Amazon offers FREE shipping.  I have put together a list of links for all the lutherie related books below for bowed instruments.

Violin Making: A Practical Guide (Hardcover)

by Edward Heron-Allen

Violin Making: A Guide for the Amateur by Bruce Ossman

Art of Violin Making by Chris Johnson, Roy Courtnall, Adrian Lucas, and Lord Menuhin

Violin Repair Guide by Michael Atria
Siminoff's Luthier Glossary NEW! An extensive dictionary of luthier terminology, plus useful reference specifications.

Violin Making (Volume 1) (Paperback)~ Walter H. Mayson (Author)

Art & Method of the Violin Maker: Principles and Practices (Book Four of the Strobel Series for Violin Makers) by Henry A. Strobe
Cello Making, Step by Step (Book Six of the Strobel Series for Violin Makers) by Henry A. Strobel
The Health of the Violin, Viola & Cello: Practical Advice on the Acquisition, Maintenance, Adjustment, & Conservation of Bowed Instruments by Lucien Greilsamer and Henry A. Strobel
Art of Tap Tuning
Build great sound into your stringed instruments; Siminoff's book and DVD show you how.
Violin Varnish by Joseph Michelman

The Luthier's Handbook:  A guide to understanding the science and acoustics of stringed instrument structure, to help you make an instrument sound its best.

 
Making a Simple Violin and Viola by Ronald Roberts (Hardcover)

Violin Making by Walter H. Mayson (Kindle Edition - Mar 6, 2009)

Lutherie Making Hand and Power Tools (Hardcover)
 by Tim Olsen (Author)
 
Violin Making The Strad Library, No IX. by WALTER H. MAYSON (Kindle Edition - May 9, 2009) - Kindle Book
 

Historical Lute Construction The late Robert Lundberg's masterpiece, the definitive work on the lute, celebrates the instrument's history in over 100 photos.

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