Years ago I fell in love with this particular violin model published in the book "Three centuries of italian violinmaking " (Tre secoli di liuteria italiana) by Artemio Versari. Since then I made the Testore copy many times.
During my stay in Venice, beginning of 2018, I happened by chance to stand exactly in front of this specific Violin at the Museo della Musica a Venezia.
It is a very delicate violin which has at the same time a very strong and powerful aura. After I left Venice I decided to offer it also to my customers as a Linea Macchi Model.
"I think it is so Italian and I love to identify myself with this maker knowing very well that I am not a native Italian.....maybe this mixture of mine helps me to create great instruments."
If you are sick of precision and you are ready for an outstanding violin with character and lots of personality, this violin with a great Italian sound should be yours.
General information regarding my Linea Macchi:
The belly, back, ribs and head are hand made by expert makers that Master Russ knows personally and appreciates for their skills.
The critical areas of the instrument construction that present greater difficulty are personally worked on by Master Russ in his workshop in the centre of Cremona, in Via Macchi. This ensures that the instrument will have acoustic qualities of the highest levels.
Master Russ establishes the criteria for the correct thicknesses and measurements for the belly, back and the other elements that have a fundamental impact on the instrument sound for every instrument. These include the placement and shaping of the bassbar, the correct positioning of the neck joint in order to ensure a balanced sound across the four strings, and a perfect set-up that guarantees the best sound possible for every individual instrument.
Finally, following antique traditions, the varnish can be either antiqued or in the non-antiqued Cremonese style.
The instruments in the Macchi line satisfy the needs of professionals.