All Nicolas Parola Violins are fine, hand-crafted instruments made using traditional methods of violin making. If you visited the Nicolas Parola shop, you would not see an automated production line churning out thousands of violins at high speed; instead, you would see true quality craftsmen paying careful attention to every detail using fine grain spruce, highly flamed maple, and quality ebony in order to achieve both exceptional beauty and a rich powerful tone. Great craftsmanship and attention to detail accompanied by the use of well-aged quality material results in not only great sound and outstanding playability now, but for many years to come. There are many details crafted into each Nicolas Parola violin that make these instruments truly unique. If you are looking for something very special and not willing to compromise, you must see and play one of these fine violins.