Instrument Models

    The models I use are typically inspired by instruments that I have had the chance to study or have worked on. The tracings, drawings, photos and casts that are created, provide a lasting reference that continue to inform the construction process as it evolves over many instruments. My goal however, is not to make copies, but through careful observation, attempt to understand the working methods used in the construction of the original instruments and apply them to my own work. The end result being an instrument that references classical Italian violin making, yet remains uniquely my own work.

    I also have built many violas and ‘celli with my colleague Chris White. We began making  instruments together around 2005, but we have known each other since the 1980’s, when we were classmates at violin making school . 

    In addition to these regular instruments, I also make a limited number of less expensive “workshop” violins and violas every year, sold under the Atelier David Polstein label.

     I sell my instruments primarily through violin dealers and they are available for trial from many fine violin shops. If you have any questions about my work or would like to inquire about the availability of instruments, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Select any of the links below for more information about the various models I use:

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