Knilling Bucharest instruments continue to be a preferred choice of string programs and educators throughout the United States, offering exceptional value, quality of sound, beauty and durability.
First, your violin was handcrafted in Romania by the master builders
- thoroughly seasoned, select European tonewoods
- Premium flame maple figure
- meticulously crafted solid carved instrument
- Expertly graduated and finished
- Inlaid purfling and lining
- Fitted corner blocks
- Genuine ebony fittings throughout.
Second, our Knilling Custom Shop with premium components
- Which include German-precision made, patented Buschman string adjusters
- Perfection Planetary Pegs
- Stellar tuning ease and stable intonation
Toned by Wadsworth Music with Tonerite
One of the secrets of great sounding vintage instruments is the fact that they have been played-in for thousands of hours.
The ToneRite accelerates the play-in process by using a set of sub-sonic frequencies to simulate the same physics as long term playing.
"I'll say I think it's great! I used it on my Gemunder(1884) and my Denis Cormier(2002). It made both instruments sound their very best no matter what climate or humidity my tours brought me to. The more I used it the better they got...not just a little bit, but creates a definite, noticeable, positive audible difference."
Kronos Quartet / Grammy Award Winner
Bucharest instruments represent an affordable yet extremely high quality, attractive instrument with superior tone, easy playability, and exceptional stability for ease of maintenance and longevity.
The complete outfit includes:
- Deluxe thermoplastic case with aluminum valance,
- Glasser fiberglass bow with white horsehair,
THE CHALLENGE OF TUNING
Most players will admit (and earlier attempts also attest), that tuning with the friction peg leaves considerable room for improvement. String adjusters, which can help, add mass where it should not be, can be functionally problematic, and can damage the instrument. And in the end, they do not address the problem of a slipping or stuck peg. An enduring solution would require care and consideration for tradition, for the instrument’s structure, and for the musician. This basic idea lies behind the inventor’s creation, and Knilling’s support, of this remarkable innovation.
PIONEERING USE OF TECHNOLOGY
When synthetic-core strings were first introduced in the mid twentieth century, they were widely portrayed as unfit replacements for the gut-core strings most advanced players were using at the time. Today, however, high-tech strings — synthetic-core and otherwise — have widely displaced gut-core strings for both amateur and professional string players. That early reaction to new innovations is rather typical of the traditional mindset that often characterizes string players and indeed, many in the string industry, even today. For this and other reasons, we understand that the introduction of a new system for tuning, no matter how good, or how revolutionary, takes time. However, due to the extraordinary set of tuning and maintenance problems they solve for players, educators, and retailers who serve them, acceptance and demand for Perfection Pegs has become widespread, and its usage by professionals and students alike expanding exponentially. The Perfection planetary mechanism is now in growing demand for use on an ever-expanding list of traditionally friction pegged instruments, including the viola da gamba, aoud, sitar, flamenco guitar, viola d’amore, ukulele, mandolin, and others. In fact, virtually any instrument that incorporates friction wood pegs can benefit from Perfection’s planetary mechanism.
RESPECT FOR TRADITION
In the string world, changes in the instrument’s music, methodology, and making, are often challenged before they are embraced. And yet the history of the violin, a veritable icon of tradition, is also a history of significant innovations in response to the needs of the player and advances in technology, which have increased the utility and musical potential of the instrument, and extended the creative reach of the musician. Who, today, really plays the violin of four centuries ago? Consider: alterations to the instrument have included the addition of the chinrest, a longer neck, adoption of the shoulder rest, a steeper and longer fingerboard, more robust and longer bass bar, composite tailpieces, a nylon tailpiece loop, and a differently carved bridge. With the shift away from gut strings, the raise in pitch, and the introduction of the steel strings, our tuning mechanism has undergone changes as well, quite notably the introduction of metal string adjusters to the tailpiece. However, a satisfactory solution to slipping or sticking pegs remained unresolved… until the introduction of the revolutionary Perfection Planetary pegs.