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 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 in performance and aesthetics, the Artistic Series instruments replicate the dimensions of these famous violins as well as the unique cosmetic elements.
Artistic Series Models – 750 | 850 | 950
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).
- 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 | Select Italian Spruce Top with Highly Flamed Bosnian Maple Back & Sides
- Scott Cao 950 | Highest Quality Italian Spruce Top with Top Grade European Maple Back & Sides – Finished in USA
Scott Cao 850 – Kreisler Model
The Scott Cao 850 Artist Series violins are available in many historic designs. Our most popular when auditioned in our store is the “Kreisler” model. The “Kreisler” violin obtained it’s name from its most known owner/player, Fritz Kreisler. Made in 1743 by master maker Guarneri del Gesu, the Kreisler violin is a beautiful performer that is known for its exceptional tonal balance. Neither too dark, too bright, too loud or too small; the Kreisler possesses arguably the most even and impressive performance of all the Scott Cao 850 Series models.
About the actual Kreisler
Fritz Kreisler acquired this violin from the Hills in 1926; they had long regarded it as among the finest works of Guarneri’s early years. The violin was described in Hills’1931 opus, The Violin-makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762): Their Life and Work. Prior to Kreisler’s acquisition, the violin had an especially colorful history. It was first seized by the French in Madrid and then seized at sea by the English. Next, the violin was owned successively by a parson in Whitehaven; several gentlemen who cherished it throughout their lives–one of whom, William Thompson, marked out his appreciation by branding his initials on the pegbox; and two sisters who guarded it jealously and for many years refused to sell it. Eventually, the violin was bought by the collector John Mountford, who also owned the 1699 “Castelbarco” violin. Mountford kept the “Kreisler” for the rest of his life.
With the onset of World War II, Kreisler and many other European artists found refuge and a new home in the United States. In 1952, he presented this violin to the Library of Congress, showing his gratitude to his new home by this matchless gift.
Source: The Library of Congress -view original article-
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.
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.
Multiple Financing Options Available!
We have a myriad of different financing options available for your new instrument! From affordable monthly payments over a longer period of time to other options that can include 0% Interest or Deferred Interest options, we can help find a way to make the instrument of your dreams become the instrument of your reality! Give us a call!
United Midwest Savings Bank
UMWSB offers flexible, long term financing with term lengths of up to 60 months at an affordable 12.99% APR. Better yet, their financing has No Pre-Payment Penalty so you can pay off your balance at anytime and only pay for the interest for the length of time you had the loan!
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