Violin Opus 303

We were able to make one of our youngest violins - the 'Schleske Opus 303' from 2020 - from an incredible wood: it comes from a raised bog in New Zealand and its huge trunk is more than 30,000 years old. It turned out that this wood has outstanding resonance properties. The sound of this violin surpasses everything we have created so far.

Violin Opus 303

Description: Soloist Class. Top and back plate are surrounded by a solid maple edge. Model: Own Model. Back plate from a 30.000 year old wood (New Zealand). Top plate from an exceptional northitalian singer's tree. Dedication: Isaja 40:31.

The tone color and resonance profile of the 'Schleske Opus 303' are based on a famous Antonio Stradivarius from 1721. The 'Schleske Opus 303' has yet another register of solo authority and tonal power. Playing on an instrument whose wood grew many millennia ago gives a sense of awe. (The instrument is already sold.)

We still have individual pieces of this extraordinary wood for some further violins, violas and cellos, which we will create in our workshop in the next few months. We look forward to your candidacy for one of these instruments.

30,000 year old wood
The 30,000 year old wood of our violin Opus 303 comes from a raised bog in New Zealand.
Resonance Profile of Stradivarius (anno 1721) in Comparison with Schleske Op.303 (anno 2020).
Violin by Antonio Stradivari (anno 1721) in our acoustic laboratory.




Figure: Measuring the sound radiation of our reference violin, an instrument made by Antonio Stradivari in the year 1721, in the acoustic laboratory of our violinmaking workshop. We use sound analysis to understand the sound radiated by the violin's eigenmodes of vibration. The resonance profile is determined by measuring transfer functions being obtained by the ratio of sound pressure p divided by force F as function of frequency f (x-axis) and radiation angle around the instrument. As a result, the resonances of the instrument show up as peaks in the spectrum.