V. Richelieu instruments are 100% made in Vermont. Hand-split spruce tonewood is imported from Italy and Switzerland; maple comes to us from Bosnia. Together, these woods form a violin of unique distinction offering fine instrument quality at very affordable prices.
The oil-based varnish is hand painted by an accomplished oil portrait artist. Each instrument is unique, but each offers a tonal quality perfect for the advancing student, conservatory student or professional player.
In response to the ecological, ethical, and legal concerns associated with the use of tropical woods in particular ebony in string instruments, Swiss Wood Solutions has developed the sustainable product Sonowood®.
SWS (Swiss Wood Solutions) targeted the fine-tuning of physical and acoustics properties of densified, sustainable wood material (spruce, maple & beech). The lab used compression to adjust crucial parameters such as density and sound-propagation velocity to develop ebony alternatives for the musical instrument market.