Scott Cao's STV 750 - 1500 Series Violins 850, 950, and 1500 Artistic Series Violins

Scott Cao's "Artistic Series" violins are recreations of famous instruments used by some of history's greatest virtuoso. Each violin is an exact replica of the original instrument in size, shape, backing, and unique markings. While the size and shape of the violins are the same, Scott Cao makes the violins in different models and price points. The violin models are differentiated by wood, varnish, fittings, along with the number and skill of the luthiers who build the instrument.  


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STV 750 Series

The 750 series begins the Scott Cao artistic series and is the most moderately priced instrument among the artistic violins. Made in the Guangzhou workshop, the STV 750's are precise copies of famous Italian violins and are built using Chinese maple that is aged 7 years and Italian spruce. The finish is a high-quality, hand-applied Italian oil.

STV 850 Series

The 850 and 850M are the finest models made in Guangzhou Workshop. 850 and 850M use first grade Italian spruce and 10-year aged Bosnian maple. The fittings are boxwood and fingerboards are Indian ebony. These models are among the top brands of violins recommended by “Strings” magazine. As described by "Strings" magazine, "The 850 is ranked among the top quality violins not only because of its craftsmanship but because of its varnish”. The 850 violins encompass a rich tonal quality and amazing projection. In terms of affordability and quality, the 850 is an absolute winner, compared to similarly priced instruments.

STV 950 Series

The 950 is hand built in combination between the Campbell, California and Guangzhau workshops. The violin is built in the Guangzhau workshop, then shipped to the USA where it is varnished and setup in Campbell, CA. 15-year aged, highly flamed Bosnian Maple and aged Italian spruce is specifically chosen for the 950 series instruments. Skilled craftsmanship and artistic varnishing are hallmarks of the STV 950 series.

STV 1500 Series

The 1500 series violins feature an exact copy varnish along with the highest quality Bosnian maple and Italian spruce woods aged 20+ years. The fingerboards are made of Indian ebony and have boxwood fittings. All Scott Cao 1500 series violins are entirely built, varnished, and set up in the Campbell, CA studio.

Signature Series

Signature Series violins are hand crafted in the Campbell, California workshop by an Award Winning Violin Maker. All the instruments are made with hand-selected, 30+ year old Bosnian maple and Italian spruce. The fingerboards are made of ebony and the fittings are boxwood. If you are having Signature Series violin custom-built, you can choose to have the finish applied to resemble your model of famous vintage instrument, or have a new finished applied. The beautiful oil varnish is applied using the traditional methods perfected by the Italian master makers of centuries past.

Superior Signature Violins

New for 2014, the Scott Cao Superior Signature Series violins are the instruments that standout as the finest Signature Series violins made. 

Scott Cao Signature Models

Scott Cao Signature Violins are instruments made by the man himself, Scott Cao. If you'd like a violin or viola made by the hands of Scott Cao you can special order one of his models. However, you should expect to wait an extended period of time for your instrument as there is only one Scott Cao. However, these rare models are worth the wait as Scott's instruments are consistently recognized as some of the best in the world. The price for a Scott Cao violin starts at $16,000.