While stocks last only, these upgrades are offered at no extra cost. I can't always offer these because of cash flow so get yours while I have them!
1. The bow upgrades are back for the Gems violin and viola outfits. In place of the usual Hidersine 5062 bow, I will be supplying the Tian Yin Good Brazilwood bow (sold separately at £70) in sizes 3/4 down to 1/16. For 4/4 I have run out of those bows already but I do have another that is almost as good and certainly better than the standard issue so that one will be supplied with the 4/4
2. Case upgrade - in place of the standard shaped styrofoam case, a rectangular styrofoam case which again is sold separately for £70. Sizes down to 1/8.
3. Fom shoulder rest included. Sizes down to 1/16. If you don't want this shoulder rest you can take £5 off another one if you contact me.
if you are after a small size and the upgrades are not available, well, sorry, I can't do anything about that. But believe me, the small violins take MUCH longer to set up so really they ought to cost more simply because of the labour costs!
Fitted with Dominant strings. I send with bridge and soundpost up, with the bow pre-rosined and the violin tuned up (but no, it won't be still in tune when it arrives).
Solid wood of course, that has been naturally dried for 3-5 years. Ebony fittings (as with all Gligas), lightly flamed maple back neck and sides. Oil varnish.
Typically sold to adult beginners and returners, and children up to around Grade 5, on the basis that such children will be playing it for around two years before moving up a size.
The picture shows a 4/4 Gems 2 violin in antiqued finish (though frankly I can't usually tell the difference on a Gems), set up with four adjusters and Dominant strings.
Don't forget that the prices shown here include a bow and case. If you prefer to have the instrument only you may deduct £50, but you will need to contact me personally in order to buy it that way (yes, only £50, I do actually make some profit on the upgraded bows and cases when sold separately).
If you want to hear one, here is a 3/4 size played by a Grade 8 player (starts at about 6 minutes 40 seconds). She also plays the clarinet and piano very well - worth a listen on all three counts.