Every William Townsend violin is made by hand, following the ideals and working methods of the early Italian masters, while utilizing today's advanced scientific and technological techniques to provide an instrument that satisfies the violinist's playing needs. Only the finest varnishes are used, carefully applied over a proprietary mineral ground that effectively recreates the chemical composition of the ground used by Antonio Stradivari.

The William Townsend Master Series is handcrafted from 60+-year-old Bosnian maple and 20- to 45-year-old Swiss or Italian spruce. This wood is treated with a propriety process that removes the majority of pectin, which is a waxy, resin-like substance that fills the internal wood pores. This treatment frees the wood to vibrate more, providing the flexibility required to rapidly achieve a wonderful acoustical tone. The effects of this treatment are akin to allowing wood to age for decades.

Over 100 hours of labor go into each violin before it is assembled into a white, unvarnished instrument. The instrument is mounted in a stereo closet where for 120+ hours it will be subjected to music and tones to vibrate the wood. This helps the wood to “break-in to music” while the constant vibration assures all seams are perfectly sealed. The tones range throughout the musical spectrum and the music consists of pieces by Aaron Rosand, Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, Isaac Stern, Joshua Bell, Anne Akiko Meyers, Yo Yo Ma, and Gregor Piatigorsky. Eight hours of break-in also consist of music by AC-DC, Linkin Park and Ted Nugent, which give the wood exposure to heavy bass tones and extreme vibration insuring all glued joints hold. Afterwards, a proprietary mineral ground and wood preparation is applied to the wood surfaces, followed by the first coat of clear varnish and multiple coats of amber and reddish brown varnish. Once dried and cured, the instrument is hand-rubbed to a stunning finish.

Over 35 pieces of select wood, including maple, spruce, willow, fir and ebony, come together to form each violin.

Throughout the process, one goal remains constant: to provide players of all ages with an instrument that is highly responsive and playable, possesses exceptional tonal characteristics, and redefines what an affordable handcrafted violin can offer the player. You are invited to browse through this site and to contact William Townsend with any questions you may have.


Due to other commitments, my 2011 - 2012 output will be severely limited. The actual number of available instruments may range from one to four, depending on my availability.



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