Akord No. 8 Student Violin
About Akord Kvint
The exceptionality of concert instruments produced in Akord Kvint’s workshop is due mainly to the credentials of the master luthiers, the quality of wood and surface finish. All the student and concert violins, violas and cellos are built by luthiers and master luthiers. These instruments make quality achievable to all, whether students or professionals.
All the staff in Akord Kvint are skilled luthiers, most of which gradually reached the degree of master luthiers, qualifying in the violin school in Luby, where they were led by master luthiers such as Miroslav Pikart and Karel Zadrazil. They graduated in master courses under the leadership of Alois Sibal, Josef Dvorak, Emil Lupac and many others. Akord Kvint cooperates closely with the pedagogues of the Prague Conservatory – Jaroslav Foltyn, Jaroslav Ruis, Frantisek Pisinger and Pavel Kudelasek who test concert and master instruments. The company cooperates with prestigious pedagogues of music schools such as Ladislav Michal, Martin Slavik, Jaroslava Stankova, Miroslav Pikhart and many others. Akord luthiers also take part in special seminars which are run for them by the company. Recently, Michael van Berkum, Eduard Schwen and Miroslav Petras have passed their own experience onto them and the company has a strong on-going professional relationship with the master luthier Josef Poetzl.
Quality of wood
Alpine spruce and the highest quality Bosnian maple is used in the instruments, obtained from lumber-mills in Germany. The plates, necks and ribs from these sources undergo appropriate treatment right after the wood is chopped down; they are cut or splintered, perfectly stored and long dried in a natural way.
Violin-makers worry about lacquering the instruments, since it often impairs the sound of the white instrument. Managing perfect surface treatment, beautiful color and gloss requires rich knowledge and experience and is a very time-consuming and elaborate matter. The Akord Kvint master violin-makers abound in extensive knowledge of the surface treatment of string instruments. The lacquers are prepared according to old, well-established recipes. The lacquering technology itself is then a key to the success of the whole process.
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