Hidersine Edwin Whitmarsh Violin 4/4 OutfitRead our product reviews
Product Code: WV400EW
Guide Price: £865.00
Hidersine Edwin Whitmarsh Violin 4/4 Outfit
Relive the legacy
The Hidersine Edwin Whitmarsh Violin affectionately celebrates the work of one of the finest 20th Century craftsmen, British violin maker Edwin Whitmarsh. Noted for meticulous and exquisite detail in his instrument designs matched with the use of premium tonewoods for a beautifully balanced and resonant tone, Edwin Whitmarsh’s legacy lives long in the memory to this day.
The son of self-taught violin master craftsman, Emanuel Whitmarsh, Edwin continued in his father's footsteps by crafting beautiful violins in London, UK throughout the early 20th Century.
The Hidersine Whitmarsh offers a contemporary representation of the stunning original models with a powerfully-flamed maple back and ribs and an orange-brown finish typical of British violin-making traditions. It impresses visually and tonally, and will transform your playing for many years to come.
Finest European Tonewoods
Hand-carved straight grained Solid European Spruce Table
Hand-carved Solid Flamed European Maple back & ribs
Hand-carved Flamed European Maple Neck
Genuine Ebony Fingerboard
Genuine Ebony Pegs
Genuine Ebony Chin Rest
European Flamed Maple Bridge
Spirit Varnish finish
Genuine Ebony Tailpiece with Single E Adjuster
Thomastik-Infeld Dominant strings
Styrofoam oblong case
Bulletwood, Fully-mounted bow
Hidersine Rosin block
Using the finest, aged European tonewoods and high quality fittings and accessories, the Edwin Whitmarsh violin outfit represents both superior quality and remarkable value.
**Hidersine's 'Ready to Play' Promise**
Your new Hidersine instrument will have already been inspected and setup ‘ready to play’ in our UK service workshops. This means that you can buy with confidence, take your new instrument along to your lesson and be ready to go from the off.
This model is a 4/4 (Full Size) Size, so will be suitable for most teenagers and adults, but we strongly recommend you speak to your local music store or your music teacher to ensure you, your child or your student are measured for the correct size.
Setup in the UK and ready to go:
Your Whitmarsh violin is supplied as an outfit, which is to say it is complete with what you need to get started. The instrument is supplied in an oblong, styrofoam case with internal accessory compartments and an outer music pocket.
Most importantly, your Whitmarsh outfit includes a Bulletwood bow, without which no sound is possible. Just tighten the hair, apply a little of the included Hidersine rosin, and the bow is ready to play… as you will be too.
A Unique Antique Oil Varnish:
Everyone loves an old, antique violin, viola or cello, and so using clever techniques developed over many years, the Hidersine Edwin Whitmarsh has various ‘antique’ markers and is finished with a rouge-brown, oil varnish. This varnish is one of the most traditional bowed instrument finish applications and results a slightly lighter colour than other techniques. Each instrument is uniquely treated to replicate the appearance of a much-loved and often-played example, with slight pitting and wear-marks evident across the body.
A Premium, Fully-Mounted Bow with Ebony Frog:
The bow is naturally one of the most important parts of any bowed instrument setup, and the particular bow supplied with the Edwin Whitmarsh Violin has been upgraded to a ‘Fully-Mounted’, high -quality Bulletwood model.
The term ‘Fully-Mounted’, refers to an upgraded and more intricate join between the ‘frog’ and the ‘stick’. There is a smooth metal plate between the frog and the bow stick, allowing a smooth fit and protection for the wood as it slides back and forth as the bow is tightened and loosened. So, not only will the Whitmarsh’s included bow assist in producing a superb tone, it will perform its duties for a long time to come.
The Hidersine Edwin Whitmarsh violin uses seasoned maple for the bridges of each violin, viola or cello.
The use of ‘seasoned’ tonewoods in musical instrument manufacture is well known. When a tonewood, such as maple, has been seasoned, it infers that the timber has been stored in a controlled environment for a reasonable period. The exact time can vary, but instrument luthiers will pay a premium for wood that has seasoned for 5, 10, 20 or more years.
When wood is initially harvested, it has a high moisture content, which over time will dissipate. This lowering of moisture content is one of the most important parts of the seasoning process, and as the wood is formed into its new (bridge) shape, it brings with it a new natural state for the material. One in which the wood fibres settle into a more coherent whole and will transmit vibration and resonance more effectively. Therefore, the string vibrations are carried through the bridge to the sound-table more authentically, which will result in further improvement of the tone of your violin, viola or cello.
Looks and sounds more beautiful throughout its life:
The Hidersine Edwin Whitmarsh violin features a hand-carved European solid spruce top – or sound-table. This is important because your instrument’s primary voice is formed by this sound-table, and therefore the top can resonate as a single, coherent structure and sound great as a result. Plus, as the wood ages and the solid tonewood top gradually relaxes at a cellular level into its natural rest state, it will resonate even more naturally, and the sound will improve further.
The Hidersine Edwin Whitmarsh violin not only has a solid top, but also a beautiful solid, flamed Maple ribs and backs too. These highly figured, solid tonewood sections further enhance the instrument’s natural tone. The top produces the instrument’s primary voice, and the back and sides add the character.
(The term ‘Flamed’ refers to the figuring of the Maple grain, which looks like flames striking across the wood. Maple with a natural ‘flame’ is highly prized, with the most intricate and stunning natural grain patterns demanding very high prices throughout the world of musical instruments.)
Each instrument created by skilled hands:
The form of your Hidersine Edwin Whitmarsh violin will be the result of genuine hand-carving techniques. Not only have the intricate curves of the top, back and ribs been carefully tooled, but the neck and the beautiful scroll (head) has been skilfully crafted.
Although most musical instruments have a fair amount of human input in their building process, unsurprisingly instruments created for the entry-level tend to have much higher levels of machine-made elements. While this makes the process efficient, it can take away from the individual ‘soul’ of each instrument. Each mark from the luthier’s carving tools are there for a specific reason. The amount of time taken to carve the arched tops and back of a violin is integral to their structure – lightness and strength - and the resulting tone. Luthiers have been passing their immense skill down the line for centuries, and in the case of the Hidersine Edwin Whitmarsh violin, the skilled hand-carving techniques can be truly appreciated.
Ebony - Feels great, plays great:
Edwin Whitmarsh violins benefit from a genuine Ebony fingerboard. This prized hardwood has traditionally been used for fingerboards for hundreds of years due to its truly long-lasting properties. Unlike stained or ‘ebonized’ softwoods often used on student instruments, genuine Ebony will not mark, pit or wear out under lengthy playing periods. Rather it will remain structurally sound for a very long time, and will also feel smooth on the fingers, helping make the playing experience more pleasant all round.
Styrofoam oblong case with internal accessory compartments, 4 bow holders, shoulder straps, carry handle and external music pocket.
Bulletwood, Fully-mounted bow
Hidersine Rosin block
Please Note: Prices shown are only a guide, any prices found online or in stores may vary. Many products can receive specialist treatments, setups and additional fitment upgrades from specialist stores, and these may be reflected in the store’s own price.
|Back, Neck & Ribs||Hand Carved Figured Solid Maple|
|Case Type||Styrofoam Oblong|
|Strings||Thomastik Infeld Dominant|
|Table||Hand Carved Straight Grained Solid Spruce|