Some of the World's finest hand crafted European string instruments
are not being made in Europe.
True, Europe was once said to be the
World's center of arts and culture. Today, we know the quality
of a musical instrument is determined more by how it
is made, than where
it is made.
your instrument really handcrafted?
In the past, every European instrument was
painstakingly crafted by hand. But today, there have been many
changes in the way string instruments are manufactured in
Europe. In order to sell at lower price points, many European
factories have resorted to automation to keep costs down. So
the "Made in Europe" sticker doesn't automatically mean a
superior instrument. In fact, it could mean that many steps of
the process were performed by machines, rather thant people.
And robotics take no persoanl interest in whether the instrument
is easy to play, or has a clear, rich tone.
Prodigy instruments are hand
crafted in each step of the process. That means our
master craftsmen can control quality at every stage, by look,
feel, even smell, and of course sound. Every part and
piece must meet our high standards.
These master craftsmen
travel to Europe to learn the ancient traditions of violin
They use the same techniques as the old European
but in an environment that does not require cutting costs.
Instruments are made of superior wood
Another advantage Prodigy Instruments have
over their European counterparts is the beautiful
used to make them. These
tonewoods are all indigenous to China. Alas, it's easier
to make the instruments where this high quality wood is bountiful,
instead of paying to ship lumber around the world. This is
one of the reasons why Prodigy instruments are naturally
Our craftspeople in Asia enjoy a healthy middle-class
lifestyle. They enjoy all the benefits of very prestigious career
and the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and skill to
future generations. Hand crafting Prodigy instruments is more
than a job; it's a way to travel the world to be among the
best in their chosen field. Our craftsmen are proud of their
Advantages of Prodigy
Instruments over European instruments
"As a teacher of high school students,
I am always looking to find excellent instruments for a good price.
I can recommend instruments of this quality without reservation.
In fact, I'll be using one myself for touring and some of my own
"Excellent playability, mellow tone, subtle response, and
dynamic projection make this outfit a definitive favorite with
our review team..."
-Strings Magazine Review
of Eastman Strings - maker of Prodigy Instruments
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