We first introduced our Workshop violins in late 2015. Gatchell Violins asked up to make a Petrov violin at a lower price point so more players could enjoy the experience of playing a Petrov. Our shop was very well positioned to take up this challenge and within a year we began to supply these instruments. To meet the challenge, we further developed our apprentice program which had been created a few years earlier. We identified apprentices that had superior talent and a passion for violin making. We had them begin to make their own instruments from start to finish under the care of a journeyman or master maker. At the end of the making process, a master maker inspects each instrument made in this way to make sure it surpasses the stringent quality standards of our shop before they are made available to Gatchell Violins.
The materials used are of similar quality to those used to make our Standard Petrov violins and the same hand-rubbed oil varnish is used in its finishing. The fittings are premium ebony and include a quality carbon fiber tailpiece with integrated fine tuners for each string. They are very affordable instruments meant for advancing players. Our Workshop model violins have the same great look, sound, and feel of our Standard Petrov instruments, but are at a more attractive price point. Pricing varies and depends on the shop’s setup, strings used, and other items that may be included (or excluded). The pricing offered here should be used as a guide. Suggested pricing for our Workshop violin begins at about $1,950.00.
We are currently making our Workshop violin in the following patterns: Amati, Guarneri, Stradivari, and Guadagnini.