Scott Cao SCV250 violin, China

Scott Cao student instruments are the brainchild of internationally recognised violin maker Scott Shu-Kun Cao. California-based Cao has, in addition to his own personal workshop, three other workshops making different grades of instruments. One is also in California, while the other two are in China. All Chinese-made instruments are hand-carved, under the supervision of Scott Cao’s students. This attractive violin, a copy of Gibson Stradivari 1713 from his Guangzhou factory, has been made with well-selected European maple and spruce, and finished with a lovely, antiqued varnish and good-quality ebony fittings. With its vibrant and resonant tone across all four strings, combined with with an exciting richness and projection, it will make an excellent choice for middle-grade students progressing into their first full-sized instrument.