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Gliga Romanian
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Coleshill, Warwickshire

July 9, 2012 - 4:43 pm
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Does anyone know anything about Gliga violins made in Romania?

Here's the advertising blurb...
"Nevertheless this is a better than average instrument for the price. Giga violins are made from very well seasoned European tonewoods. This makes the instrument light in weight and more resonant than some of the Chinese equivalents. This model has a nicely grained Spruce top and though the back and sides have very little flaming, the Maple has been well selected and is finely grained.

The Pegs, Fingerboard, End Button and Chinrest are of good quality Ebony and the instrument is nicely made and well finished.

We have fitted a light alloy tailpiece with integral adjusters and a set of Corelli Crystal synthetic cored strings. These strings are made in France and are very similar to Thomastic Dominants but settle in more quickly.

The violin plays very well, the A string being particularly well focused, a real advantage as the A string generally gets more use than the other strings. The G sting is not quite so warm in tone as the more expensive Gliga violins but this is still a more mellow instrument than most Chinese instruments of this price."

Any opinions?

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July 9, 2012 - 5:05 pm
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The Gliga student models were all the rage several years with many glowing reports on various forums.

Wish I could quote more details but it was a few years now since I followed that company.  BACK THEN, the Gliga received more praise than the equivalent Chinese VSO.  I was tempted to buy a Gliga .

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Honorary advisor

July 22, 2012 - 5:36 am
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hmmm... here; found a video of how they made those Gliga violins:

cheers! - ⁰ℨ

Coleshill, Warwickshire

July 22, 2012 - 8:10 am
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Good post Oz, on the Gliga in particular, but on making a violin in generallumpy-2134

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Michigan, USA

July 22, 2012 - 8:26 am
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Another awesome vid. ozzy..... Just imagine carving around the edge's with the knife and digging in a little too deep. Would all be lost ?

In the beginning they talk about "tonewood",,, I don't believe I've ever heard of a tonewood tree before.


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July 22, 2012 - 10:01 am
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I love this video and have watched it before but I don't think they make each violin this way. It's all about marketing. The instruments would cost many times more than they do and the guy wouldn't be able to keep his business going.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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July 22, 2012 - 12:37 pm
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Making a violin... a lot to think about.  It certainly has been on my mind to make one some day.  I think it would be one of the neatest things ever.

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September 4, 2012 - 1:30 am
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I tried on several gliga violins, if I didn't remember it wrong I tried one from each level. Their cheaper (student) violins did not sound any better than my cvn 500 and I did not like how their pro violin sound but that could be my subjective opinion. Their violins are much lighter than cecilio violins.  I have only played cecilio and gliga violins so I can't compare them to other violins. I bought an advance 7/8, others said it sounds nice but I still prefer the sound of my cvn 500.

Their student violins (they are not varnished) are made by their "younger" lutheirs (can't remember how many years of experience, probably like two to three years), intermediate violins are made by "older" lutheirs (like five years or more experience), and the advance and pro violins are made by their pro lutheirs who have most and more than 10 or 15 years of experience.  

Basically, they could produce and afford cheaper violin is because, like China and Bulgaria, they have much lower labor in Romania. Any way, they have very good service. 

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