„…the Violin – that most human of all instruments…”

Louisa May Alcott

 

Maker and restorer of fine violin family instruments, Mr. Starchev is one of the famous Bulgarian violin makers. Study luthierie by apprenticeship and direct contacts with previous and present masters. His atelier is located in Kazanluk, independently work since 1996, while in this period had finished and sold more than 100 instruments. Using wood is high quality spruce and maple from Balkan region, with perfect tonal quality, naturally dry for more than 10 years.

Known with the master technology of Cremona violin building, with the last innovation about varnish (like methods of D.Rubio and W. Fulton), as well as the last electronic methods of acoustic adjustment, like Chladni patterns et al. The instruments are finished with linseed oil varnish by recipe from 17-th century, don’t lose color from UV natural pigments. Ex member of the Regional Luthier Association in Kazanlak, and certified for Luthier Master from this Association, participator in tree national presentations. His work is inspired by old Italian art and by his love in classical music. Sold instruments until now in Bulgaria, United States, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Brazil, Australia and Japan.

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