Scott Cao 850 Violin – Artistic Series
Scott Cao has built an amazing reputation among the finest players and teachers throughout the world. Instruments bearing his name are always of the utmost quality in performance and craftsmanship. The Scott Cao 850 Violin is the first model in his “Artistic Series” instruments. These instruments are each made in honor of historic violins and violin makers.
As a master luthier himself, Scott works tirelessly in training other luthiers who in turn train the factory workers. This constant push to educate and train the next generation of string luthiers holds true to the world’s finest standards of the trade.
Scott Cao 850 – Ex-David Model
The Scott Cao 850 Artist Series violins are available in many historic designs. The “Ex-David” violin is most known for being played by master violinist Jascha Heifetz. Originally named the after its previous owner, Ferdinand David, the Ex-David was purchased by Heifetz in 1922 and was his preferred instrument throughout his playing career. Heifetz left the David violin to the city of San Francisco with the stipulation that the instrument must not become simply a piece of art but rather that the instrument be played on by worthy musicians.
While you might not be able to play on the David model yourself, the Cao 850 “Ex-David” might be the next best thing!
Scott Cao Artistic Series
The Scott Cao Artistic Series violins are made in tribute to historic violins of the past. Seeking to provide you with an instrument with a hint of the performance character, both acoustically and aesthetically, the Artistic Series instruments replicate the dimmensions of these famous violins as well as the unique cosmetic elements.
Artistic Series Models – 750, 750E & 850
In the GuangZhou workshop of Scott Cao, Scott is teaching a whole new generation of luthiers. The top luthiers in this shop are responsible for the Artist Series violins models 750 & 850, as well as the body manufacturing for the 950 (which is then varnished and setup in California). These 750 & 850 violins represent the absolute best performance value in the string market today. Outperforming violins that are 3-5 times their price. The various models out of this shop are differentiated by the materials used in their build.
- Scott Cao 750 | Italian Spruce Top with Highly Flamed Chinese Maple Back & Sides
- Scott Cao 750E | Italian Spruce Top with Moderately Flamed Bosnian Maple Back & Sides
- Scott Cao 850 | Italian Spruce Top with Highly Flamed Bosnian Maple Back & Sides
Case & Bow
The Scott Cao 850 violin is sold most commonly as an instrument only, but we often run special promotions (like a free Carbon Fiber Bow). We also offer great “bundle discounts” to help give you a bow & case package at a reduced cost that meets your needs. Our best selling “bundle” upgrade is the CodaBow Diamond NX.
Being based in the desert of Las Vegas, we have a very unique ability to let instruments “age”. As string instruments age and the wood dries, the instrument will improve over that time. However, as these instruments dry in our desert climate of Las Vegas, this process of aging occurs much faster than most areas of the country.
This aging gives you an instrument that is more vibrant, responsive and more stable as a result of this aging!
We do make sure to monitor our instruments and make any necessary adjustments that are needed as a result of this process prior to shipping to you.
In Home Trial
Kessler & Sons Music offers a 3 day trial / return policy on the Scott Cao 850 Violin outfit. There are no cleaning fees or restocking fees (assuming that the item is returned in proper condition). We know that you need to be able to test the instrument to make sure that it is the right instrument for you. We carefully package the instrument so that it arrives safely to you.
Please note that when we ship the instrument, we wrap the bridge and the tailpiece in tissue paper so that IF the bridge were to fall down in shipping, no damage occurs to the instrument. We do not ship the violin with strings under full tension but there is enough tension to keep everything in place while in transit. If you do decide to return the violin, please make sure to follow the same guidelines so that the instrument is returned in the same condition it was sent out.
Please read our terms & conditions (link at the bottom of the page) for full details on this policy.
Why Buy from Kessler & Sons?
Every instrument we sell has been chosen for the performance value that it offers. We firmly believe that it is our responsibility to help the customer pick the right instrument for them. We evaluate every instrument up against the competition on the market and only choose to sell the instruments that offer you the best value.