Master Instruments made by Alexander Schütz

When making my instruments I am influenced by models from the classical period of violin making, but I also create my own models. A great success was my participation in the 7th International Violin Making Competition in Mittenwald 2014 where I was awarded silver for a completely self-designed viola.

Each and every one of my instruments is 100% handmade, personally, by myself. I employ the same working techniques as the great masters of the classical period of violin making. In contrast to some contemporary violin makers, I do not use semi-finished parts (such as pre-milled scrolls or archings, finished rib structures, or finished purfling, etc.). Instead, I make every part with my own two hands. It is only for the setup (pegs, end-button, tailpiece, fine tuner, strings and chinrest) that I use parts of the highest quality from selected suppliers.

I cook my own fine oil varnish from natural oils and resins that were available at the time of the great masters. When varnishing, I respect the wishes of the musician  from fully varnished to slightly imitated or, in the case of a copy, resembling the naturally-worn appearance of the original instrument.

The preferences of the musician are taken into consideration throughout the process of making an instrument, and that includes sound, model, choice of wood, set-up, etc.

Every instrument I make evolves into a unique and unmistakeable piece of art, each with its own personality that is borne of a one-off collaboration between the musician and myself.

For my new instruments I primarily use tonewood from Andreas Pahler, and Bachmann Tonewood from the Val di Fiemme. They both know how to provide violin makers with top quality tonewood.

A Selection of Instruments from my Workshop

Violin model Enrico Giuseppe Rocca, Genoa 1901
 

Violin model Enrico Giuseppe Rocca, Genoa 1901

Violin based on the model of the ‘Cannon’ Guarneri del Gesu anno 1743 II
 

Violin based on the model of the ‘Cannon’ Guarneri del Gesu anno 1743 II

Violin based on the model of the ‘Cannon’ Guarneri del Gesu anno 1743
 

Violin based on the model of the ‘Cannon’ Guarneri del Gesu anno 1743

7/8 Cello Grancino model
 

7/8 Cello Grancino model

Violin 2014, based on own model
 

Violin 2014, based on own model

Viola silver medal winner, 2014
 

Viola silver medal winner, 2014

Violin 2013, based on own model
 

Violin 2013, based on own model

Viola 2013, based on own model
 

Viola 2013, based on own model

Cello based on the model of the ‘Stauffer ex Christiani’ Antonio Stradivari anno 1700
 

Cello based on the model of the ‘Stauffer ex Christiani’ Antonio Stradivari anno 1700

Baroque violin model Jacob Stainer anno 1679
 

Baroque violin model Jacob Stainer anno 1679

Varnishing
 

Varnishing

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