Once you get above the $3,000 price range, there are so many variables in what violins sound better than others. What I have found is that instruments made in parts of Poland are excellent for the price – this Kowalski violin being one of the best that I have played under the $10,000 price range.
I have sold genuine Kowalski violins to students but I find that his workshop model is very similar in sound – and a lot less expensive (genuine Kowalskis retail for $10k+). That is why I’m promoting his workshop violin through my website. A workshop violin means that the violin was produced not by the master maker but by one of his associated luthiers.
What is unique about these workshop violins is that Kowalski himself works closely with all his associates – thus the sound, look and quality of these violins are very similar to his genuinely made instruments (for a lot less price). The violins look almost identical, are both hand-crafted and use the similar varnish which really helps with the sound quality.
In the video I’m playing on a genuine Kowalski. The sound quality of the workshop violin is very similar. The sound is very rich, warm and exceptional powerful. It is an excellent violin for the price range and a huge upgrade to my Damiano violin regarding sound warmth and overall sound across the register.
You could compare this violin to many violins made in Italy and Germany priced over $10k and most times this violin would beat out the sound of the other European violins – it really is that great of a sound.