Violins, Violas and Cellos recommended by MAGICO
Instruments for both novices and dilettantes that we recommend with total confidence
Santo Spirito boasts a level of perfection unmatched by any other instruments in this price range.
Astounding cost performance is the only way to describe these instruments, unimaginable until just recently. Crafted by the finest Chinese artisans who have honed their skills through rigorous training, Santo Spirito instruments are then refined to this revolutionary level of perfection through the collaboration and supervision of veteran Italian and Japanese artisans.
These quality instruments can stand on their own when compared not only with those in a similar price range, or even those in the next higher price range, but alongside modern Italian instruments with price tags of 1 million yen!
After arriving here, the set up of the bridge and sound post (a.k.a. soul of the instrument), etc. is carefully conducted at MAGICO’s own atelier, and the instruments are finished to prime condition.
Aged Balkan spruce is our standard for sound posts, which gives these unrivaled 100% handmade instruments abundant sound volume, delicate tone and beautiful, silky reverberation.
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Santo Spirito’s dignified appearance is the grand sum of the exquisite artisans’ experiences and techniques, who have mastered the art of craftsmanship. |
Utilizing meticulously selected aged, high quality wood, these instruments are handmade from A to Z with utmost care.
The diligent carving work to fashion every single contour from the thick boards is extremely challenging. Yet, these esteemed artisans are devoted to their craft of making violins and eagerly tackle this delicate work every day. Simultaneously, they painstakingly search for ways to further improve the instruments’ sound….
Each one of our artisans crafts the instrument based on extensive experience - the best thickness and contour deemed suitable to the characteristics of each individual piece of wood, considering its hardness and density. Only handcrafting can create instruments that befit the material used. Every single Santo Spirito instrument is unique….
Santo Spirito Viola - Gasparo da Salo Model
Santo Spirito Viola
Santo Spirito Viola – “Gasparo da Salo” Model
Testing Santo Spirito – by Fumiaki Miura
We asked Mr. Fumiaki Miura, the youngest person ever to win the Hanover International Violin Competition at the age of 16, to grant us a trial performance and assess Santo Spirito’s instruments. Mr. Miura is a virtuoso soloist who performs all over the world on renowned instruments, such as Stradivarius and Guarneri. Needless to say, he has top class knowledge and is an astute critic of violins.
This time, we requested him to try the Maestro Series, SS30 Violins and Maestro Series Viola.|
Fumiaki Miura / Biography
The youngest person ever to win the Hanover International Violin Competition at the age of 16. He is one of the most promising violinists today.
Born of violinist parents in Tokyo. Miura began studying the violin with Hiromu Yasuda at the age of three, and with Tsugio Tokunaga since he was six years old. In 2003 and 2004, he was awarded the Second Prize at the elementary school section of the Student Music Concours of Japan in Tokyo, and also awarded the Second Prize at the Menuhin Competition (Junior) in April 2006.
In October 2009, he won the First Prize at the Hannover International Violin Competition, as well as the Audience Prize and the Music Critics' Prize, as the youngest violinist in the history of this Competition. The local newspaper says; "his heart-warming performance supported by high technical skill and impressive virtuosity attracted not only the International Juries and critics but also the audience". A musical magazine says; "his astonishing performance gathered all attention at the Hannover Competition".
He is now is studying with Prof. Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Conservatory on a scholarship from the Meiji Yasuda Cultural Foundation.
Mr. Miura, I know you usually perform on famous old instruments. Please give us your impression of these modern Santo Spiritos. |
Well, normally with modern instruments, it’s not easy to get that really sweet resonance, especially from the A string. However, with this violin, I could generate sweetness from the first stroke of my bow. The A has a gentle tone.
The tone wasn’t overly shrill. Having said so, the tone was sharp, with sufficiently pronounced sound. I think these are extremely good instruments. Maybe I’m commending them too much, but I mean it! – The sound is brilliant.
Listen! Good, isn’t it? This sound...these sweet tones.
When I do vibrato, I don’t usually get this feeling. The exact sounds that I want to create emerge. The sound quality is excellent, too.
Especially with the Maestro series, both the violin and viola, I can feel the concentration of the sound.
These instruments are good – really!….
You don’t have that scraping feeling (normally experienced with new instruments); this sound comes out sharp and clear.
This sensation is important for stringed instruments. Even SS30 models possess this sufficiently.
Quality of sound is without a doubt the most important factor when selecting an instrument, right? With Santo Spirito, you can experience this right away!
Thank you very much, Maestro Miura!
Continuously evolving |
In order to maintain the quality of our products and pursue further enhancement, we regularly visit the Santo Spirito workshop to provide advanced instruction to our experienced artisans, for fine-tuning their work.
In addition, all comments and recommendations from our valued users are reflected back into the creation of the instruments. Thus, we continue to introduce new products which exceed the previous ones in quality. Santo Spirito’s instruments continue to evolve - the latest Santo Spirito is the best Santo Spirito.
This time, we invited an Italian maestro, Raffaello Di Biagio to the atelier, who instructed us in the fine points of production over several days.
In order to add further elegance to the entire personality of the instruments, he provided guidance on how to finish the edges more softly. Our artisans learn world-class techniques live.
Instruction is not only verbal. The artisans learn through a hands-on process, utilizing all of their 5 senses, about how to fashion natural contours. Although they are already top-class craftsmen with rich experience, our artisans are always keen about learning new patterns, in pursuit of producing even more elegant scrolls. |
Maestro Di Biagio’s sharp and crisp purfling – here he explains how he fits the purfling, using sketches.
Under maestro Di Biaggio’s tutelage, they learned how to make varnish and actually produced it. Whilst naturally each violinmaker has his own recipe, they learned how to produce oil varnish from Di Biagio utilizing amber. Of course, this amber-based oil varnish will be applied to the newest Santo Spirito instruments. In parallel, instruments with our popular alcohol varnish which took several years to develop (a closely-guarded secret recipe!) will continue to be produced. |
Santo Spirito’s instruments are already enjoying a reputation for excellent performance. Having said so, our artisans will keep on learning and absorbing as much as they can from these maestros, which will be manifested in the new instruments to come forth. Santo Spirito’s instruments will continue to evolve in this way – look forward to our future developments!|
The contrast of sharp, straight lines and soft curves is extremely beautiful. These instruments are really art works in their own right, not only musical instruments that emit brilliant sounds.
Santo Spirito looked more beautiful than the German and Hungarian-made instruments that I tried at the same time, and the sound was also better. I noticed an article on the website about an Italian violinmaker who was actually instructing the artisans, and I also realized that the owner of MAGICO was beside them! As I received an explanation from the person who is actually involved in the fabrication of the instrument, I could make my decision with confidence. (30’s: Housewife)
I was very happy, because my violin teacher praised me at my first lesson with the full-sized violin. I love my Violin. (5th Grade boy)
I just mentioned my budget and tried 5 violins without any prior explanations. The violin that beat the others was MAGICO’s original, Santo Spirito, which really shocked me, because I had only played a silent, electric violin before. As a matter of fact, my budget was slightly more than the Santo Spirito, but I did not think about other choices. (40’s: Office worker)
I was attracted by the soft and gentle sound. I really enjoy practicing and my violin teacher complimented me, saying that I chose a very good instrument. Thank you very much for your thorough explanation to me, a novice. (20’s: Female)
I’ve long been looking for a relatively small viola, but hadn’t had much luck in encountering a good one. When I visited MAGICO to buy a 15.5-inch German mass-produced viola, they told me that I could order a viola in any size I desired. I followed their suggestion and the viola was delivered to me quicker than I expected. Although the viola is small, its sound is great and I am satisfied with it. (30’s: Office worker)
I was looking for a violin with a good balance of antique style luster and softness, both in appearance and sound. Just when I started thinking that maybe I needed to increase my budget, I finally encountered Santo Blue. Even now, I am very impressed with its high cost performance. (30’s: Office worker)
I play the violin myself. This time, I bought Santo Spirito for my kid’s first 4/4 violin, but I was astonished when I first played the instrument. For its price, I didn’t expect it to resonate that well. I actually might like to use this children’s violin rather than mine, as it sounds better. (40’s: Office worker)
I introduced Santo Spirito as an option to my pupil. In fact, I was surprised by its sound. Of course, I recommended it to the pupil, but it was very good, so I bought one for myself, too. This is an instrument that I can recommend to my other pupils. (50’s: Violin teacher)
I was a bit indecisive, but finally made up my mind to buy Santo Spirito after I tested it. It’s very beautifully made and I am happy even just looking at it. Having said so, I prefer box tree to black ebony for the parts. (20’s: Office worker)
I had heard of the brand, but this was the first time I played it. The sound is astonishing – true to its reputation. Its sound is brilliant and is on par with Italian-made violins. (30’s: Office worker)
I bought one for my son’s recital. His violin’s sound carried better and reverberated more than others’. Actually, I thought his performance sounded better than the others, too. (40’s: Housewife)
The sound resonates and reverberates well. I enjoy practicing now. I also like the pegs with the ornamental rings. (20’s: Student)
As a matter of fact, I could not play it well, but I bought Santo Spirito, simply because it seemed to be of good quality. Even now, I cannot play it properly or judge if it is really good or not, however, my teacher and more advanced fellow students praised it. (Teenager: Student)
I bought it solely based on its brand name, Santo Spirito. Yet, I am very satisfied with it, as it’s been well received by my teacher and friends. (50’s: Office worker)
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