Violin Studio San Antonio, TX
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6983 Blanco Road • San Antonio, TX 78216
7795 Burnet Road • Austin, TX 78757

STUDENT AND ADVANCING

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Student and Advancing

When you find a manufacturer that fits your style of play and meets all of your needs, there’s no harm in finding more instruments from the same maker to complete your set. If you need to judge sizes or lengths for certain models, learn more about each of our main brands below. We would be more than happy to recommend a size or a model that will work well for you. Take a look at our makes and models and get a better feel for what you need.

Instrument Sizes and Brands 

Nicolaus Ostler

These handcrafted Chinese instruments are available in four different models. Each model is made of excellent seasoned tonewood. Antiqued and straight varnishes are available. Ostler instruments offer a mature sound at a student instrument price. These are ideal for beginning to intermediate players.

Cellos – available from 1/4 to 4/4
Violas – available from 12″ – 16.5″
Violins – antiquated violins and violins  

Jay Haide

Jay Haide instruments are offered courtesy of Jay Ifshin. Haide instruments are entirely handmade of seasoned spruce and maple and come with a heavily antiqued finish. Jay Haide instruments offer a rich, complex sound and are ideal for intermediate to advancing players.

Cellos – available in 4/4 size only
Violas – available in sizes ranging from 15″ – 16.5″
Violins – available in 4/4 size only

Francis Alexander

The small Chinese workshop of Francis Alexander consists of six instrument makers who produce instruments from student to master level. Alexander instruments are made of high-quality seasoned tonewood. They offer a bright, soloistic tone and are ideal for beginning to advancing players.

Cellos – available in 2 models, in 4/4 size only
Violas – available in 2 models and range from 15″ to 16.5″ 
Violins – available in 4 models, ranging from 1/2 size to 4/4 size

Iesta

The Iesta workshop is located in Beijing and headed by a European master maker. Iesta instruments are made with the best quality tonewood and workmanship in the country. All are handmade with a light antique varnish. Instruments offer a bright, clear tone with a quick response. Iesta models are ideal for intermediate players and fiddlers. The cellos are made with slightly smaller ribs, which is ideal for petite players looking for a big sound.

Cellos – available in 3/4 and 4/4 sizes
Violas – available in sizing ranging from 15″ to 16.5″
Violins – available in sizes ranging from 1/4 to 4/4

Lothar Semmlinger

Lothar Semmlinger is a German master maker who works with his two sons in his small workshop. Semmlinger instruments are played by soloists around the world. These instruments offer a warm, dark tone and easy playability. These instruments are ideal for intermediate to advanced players.

Cellos – available in six models ranging from 3/4 to 4/4 size
Violas – available in three models ranging from 15″ to 16.5″ 
Violins – antiquated violins and violins  
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