Welcome

  “My compliments to the instruments of David Finck. He is a wonderful violin maker. His instruments are very powerful, with warm, beautiful  tone, and marvelous range of many different colors…”

Mikhail Kopelman
Professor of Violin, Eastman School of Music, Leader of The Kopelman Quartet, Former leader of the Tokyo and Borodin Quartets, and Former Concertmaster of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra .

Violin scroll by David FinckProfessional musicians, advanced students, and dedicated amateurs choose my instruments to inspire their musical lives. From raw materials to the final finish and setup, I personally craft and optimize the tonal adjustment of every violin and viola that leaves my studio.  I invite you to explore this site, then please call or email me with your questions, inquiries of availability, and to arrange an audition or studio visit.

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828-963-6504
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Nicolò Amati Model

“Another outstanding violin!”

Jennifer Kelso Curtis
Member of I.C.E., performing artist, and educator

Nicolò Amati Model

This violin offers a big, bold, and bright sound while maintaining elegance, clarity, and ease of playing. The Amati family is often credited with having fixed the basic form of the violin, beginning with the efforts of patriarch Andrea in the mid-1500s. The craftsmanship and beauty of line found in his grandson Nicolò’s instruments are considered unsurpassed to this day. Though sweet in character, many modern players find Amati violins weak in comparison to Stradivari and Guarneri models. My goal, successfully achieved, was to preserve the beauty of line found in the 1649 N. Amati “Alard,” while adjusting the arching and overall size of the instrument to enlarge the sound for the modern player.

These images are selected from a variety of violins I have built of this model. Please call or email me with your questions, availability inquiries, or to schedule an audition or studio visit. Click any image to enlarge. The last image is a video.

Guarneri  |  Stradivari

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161 Hickory Trail  |  Historic Valle Crucis  |  Banner Elk, North Carolina  28604

Guarneri Model

“Your craftsmanship is extraordinary.”

Elisabeth Small
Assistant Professor of Violin, Belmont University and former Associate Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony

Guarneri Model

The 1735 “del Gesu” Guarneri known as “The Plowden” is considered to be one of the great violins of history. Guarneri’s violins are thought by many connoisseurs to outstrip even the instruments of Stradivari in tonally expressive possibilities, with a dark and masculine character often noted. “The Plowden” provided the tonal ideal, the basic outline, arching, important dimensions, and the inspiration – and yet, the interpretation is my own.

These images are selected from a variety of violins that I have made of this model. I encourage you to call or email with questions, availability inquiries, and to arrange an audition and studio visit. Click any image to enlarge. The last image is a video.

Amati  |  Stradivari

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161 Hickory Trail  |  Historic Valle Crucis  |  Banner Elk, North Carolina  28604

Stradivari

“Your violins are really quite wonderful – fine instruments at reasonable prices.”

Gil Morgenstern
Soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, artistic director, teacher

Stradivari Model

The 1716 violin known as the “The Messiah“ is one of the most perfectly preserved Stradivaris in existence. Its outline and measurements provide the inspiration for my Stradivari model. The best Stradivaris are characterized by their laser-like projection with a certain precision and refinement of tone. Some say they portray a feminine aspect  flavored by a prevalence of higher overtones.

These images are selected from a variety of  instruments I have made of this model. I encourage you to call or email with your questions, inquiries of availability, and to arrange an audition and studio visit. Click any image to enlarge.

Amati   |  Guarneri

info[at]davidfinck.com  |  828-963-6504
161 Hickory Trail  |  Historic Valle Crucis  |  Banner Elk, North Carolina  28604

Violas

“The viola is fantastic!”

Petra Berenyi
Violist with North Carolina Symphony and cimbalom player

Violas

My viola model is inspired by an Andrea Amati of 1560  found in the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota. I build it in two body sizes: 41.6 cm (16-3/8″) and 40.0 cm (15-5/8″).

I was drawn to the beautiful outline of the body and elegant carving and proportions of the scroll of this instrument, as well as the great reputation Amati violas have earned among generations of violists. I established the body length and scaled the instruments accordingly to maintain the flowing lines. I designed the archings and set the rib height with an eye towards, power, responsiveness, articulation, and of course, a wonderfully rich and woody viola tone.

This selection of images comes from a variety of violas I have made. I encourage you to call me email with your questions, to check on availability, and to arrange an audition and studio visit. Click any image to enlarge.

info[at]davidfinck.com  |  828-963-6504
161 Hickory Trail  |  Historic Valle Crucis  |  Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604