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Violin Viola Cello, made in Scott Cao China workshop

Instruments made in the GuangZhou workshop are made by prize-winning luthiers under the supervision of Scott Cao. Instruments made by shop luthiers feature excellent tone, choice wood, quality varnish and superior craftsmanship. They are available in several grades and sizes. Every piece of our instrument is completely hand carved. The meticulous graduation of the top and back reward the player with a powerful and refined tone. Each instrument is individually hand made displaying the skillful work of a master violinmaker.

Model SeriesDescription
850MSame as 850, built with Bosnian maple, Italian spruce, modern Italian varnished without antique look.
850Copy of famous instrument (distressed), Bosnian maple, Italian spruce, Indian ebony fingerboard. Hill style boxwood fittings. Built and varnished in Guangzhou by top makers.
750ESame as 750, built with European spruce top and maple back, antique varnish.
750Copy of famous instrument (distressed). Chinese maple, Italian spruce, Indian ebony fingerboard, Hill style ebony fittings. Built and varnished in Guangzhou.
600Well flamed Chinese maple, European spruce, Indian ebony fingerboard, ebony fittings, and one fine tuner. Built and varnished with modern Italian style full covered varnish in Guangzhou.
500Flamed Chinese maple, European spruce, Indian ebony fingerboard, ebony fittings, and one fine tuner. Built and varnished in Guangzhou.
ModelAvailable Sizes
ViolinSTV850M4/4
STV850 [Photo]4/4, 3/4, 1/2
STV750E4/4
STV750 [Photo]4/4, 3/4, 1/2
STV6004/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
STV500 [Photo]4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
ViolaSTA85015", 15.5", 16", 16.5"
STA750E15", 15.5", 16", 16.5"
STA75015", 15.5", 16", 16.5", 17"
CelloSTC8504/4
STC750E [Photo]4/4
STC7504/4, 3/4, 1/2
STC6004/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
BassSTB7504/4, 3/4
Ninety-eight percent of my students play on Cao made instruments and bows... Other professional have been amazed at the quality of sound projected and then absolutely drop their jaws at the prices. I can, with confidence, recommend the 850 series to anyone. Professional or student of any level.

Peter F. Merlin

The Source Strings, Brandon, FL

The sound (of the STV-850) is complex, with good projection and a lush tone.

Strings Magazine

The STV-750 Artistic Model Violin has been my best seller since its entry into the intermediate violin field... Its is by far the best instrument in its price range.

George Behary

Owner of Loxahatchee Vintage Strings, Loxahatchee, FL

These violins should dominate the upper end of the student market. The 750 violin blows everything else in its price range away.

Chuck Kessler

Kessler and Sons Music, Las Vegas, NV

I think for the under $1,000 price range, Scott Cao's instruments sound the best. They're way better than the German instruments that are out there.

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