Cremona Maestro Violin Hellier Edition
At the top of Cremona’s Maestro Series
is a recreation of the legendary “Hellier”
Strad. The “Hellier” is the most famous
of Antonio Stradivari’s inlaid violins.
Originally purchased by Sir Samuel
Hellier in the early 18th century directly
from the Master, the instrument eventually
passed to the ownership of Mr. H.E.
Morriss. Mr. Morriss was the owner and
editor of The North China Daily News, an
English language newspaper published
in Shanghai prior to World War II. In the
late 1930s, Mr. Morriss returned for a
visit to England and brought the
“Hellier” with him. Prior to his return to
China in 1939, England’s premier violin
shop, W.E. Hill & Sons, warned Morriss
against bringing the violin back to the
Far East due to the instability of the
times: Shanghai had fallen into Japanese
After the surrender of the Japanese Army
in 1945, civil war continued in China.
Morriss saw all of his possessions
confiscated by the revolutionary functionaries
of Mao Zedong and put on
display as “plunder.” Mr. Morriss passed
away in the late 1940s; the “Hellier” went
to his heirs.
The original “Hellier” is presently in the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington,
In addition to century old top material,
the new Cremona SV-1800 “Hellier’s“
details include a finely-figured, onepiece
back and replicate inlays of
mastadon ivory and ebony.
The “Hellier” is but one of eleven models
recreated by Cremona Violins based
upon instruments crafted 300 years ago
in the workshops of northern Italy.
- Extra-choice, 100+ year old, hand-carved and graduated, solid Spruce top
- Deeply figured, 100+ year old, hand-carved one-piece, solid Maple back with matching sides and back
- Delicate, "Lozenge and Circle" purfling
- Outstanding edge work
- Hand-applied and rubbed oil varnish finish which gives the instrument a dark brown finish
- Dark, yellow-accented, Hill-style Boxwood fittings
- Ornamental, inlaid, scroll and ribs
- Mastodon ivory nut and saddle
- Best quality Ebony fingerboard and saddle
- 3-star Cremona bridge
- Perlon strings
- VP-15 (1) finetuner
- Sacconi-style tailpiece hanger
- Removable fittings shipped in case pocket to protect finish during transport
- Deluxe, oblong, suspension case
- Fully setup in our shop
- Available sizes: 4/4
When purchasing from Folkmusician, you receive a violin that has been worked on by a professional luthier here in our shop.
The violin is inspected.
Each tuning peg is removed and then fitted and lubricated.
Fingerboard is inspected and planed as needed.
Nut is filed and string height is set (at the nut).
Bridge feet are fitted, bridge thickness is set, string height at the bridge is set and the bridge is arched.
Tailpiece length is set
Bridge position is set
Soundpost is adjusted
These steps result in a violin that sounds and plays significantly better than what our competition offers (even though the violin may be the same model).