La Corda

Classical Stringed Instruments



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La Corda is a shop specialized in bowed instruments. New handmade instruments can be obtained here. Intense or minor repairs, a new setup or complete restaurations are executed in our shop.

The bassetto has it has an equal sound in all positions from the lowest to the highest note. The timbre is silver, warm, clear, very overtone rich and bright. I have never played a better bass!

Silvio Dalla Torre on the bassetto, professor double bass at Rostock university of music, Germany

The soprano violin has a warm tone colour and is very much liked. I even have a new piece written for it!

Mieko Kanno, professor at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki

Without a shoulder rest, played a 2 octave G major scale in his shop and said "I'll have it”. - "It had a quality to it I had experienced for 4 minutes when I was once permitted to play on a J.B. Guadagnini."

Alan Baldwin on his mezzo violin, England

People are amazed by how the high frequencies in a string-arrangement now sound rich and beautiful!! Not "thin" or "pale" as when one uses an ordinary violin!

Ole Hendrik Moe on the violino piccolo, composer violinist Oslo, Norway




The octet

In 1957 Carleen Hutchins decided to help Henry Brandt on his request to develop a set of matched instruments with the tonal character and power of the violin, covering the entire range of written music. It was a quest which took her 30 years. Each instrument has its two main resonances within a semitone of the tuning of its open middle strings, on the same place as a classical violin. The result is beyond a doubt succesful musically. An often heard comment: "One must hear the new instruments to believe such sounds are possible from strings." In 1619 Michael Praetorius described similar instruments in his Syntagma Musica, Bach composed music for some of them, Léo Sir and Frederick Dautrich made them.

  • Treble violin
  • Soprano violin
  • Mezzo violin
  • Alto violin
  • Tenor violin
  • Baritone violin
  • Bassetto violin
  • Bass violin