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Ivan Stankov Violins

Ivan Stankov Violins

Fiddleheads.com has built a long-term relationship with master Bulgarian maker Ivan Stankov. Stankov is a Master Luthier among Bulgaria's most respected makers. His instruments are gaining a sparkling reputation for tone, craftsmanship and finishing.

Stankov studied with graduates of the Cremona School in Italy. He uses traditional Italian methods of construction and select well-seasoned European spruce and Balkans maple tone wood.

His violins are finished in the method of England's David Rubio. Here a pine-resin oil varnish is brushed over a special coat of mineral ground. This advanced varnishing technique was developed after many years of studying the genuine violins of Giuseppe Guarneri and Antonio Stradivari.

In 2009 Stankov took part in two contests – in Italy at the Trianalle and in the
European Eufonia Competition. Eufonia saw his viola take 7th place and his cello 6th place!

Fiddleheads sometimes carries rare "crazy back" violins by Stankov. They are nicknamed as such for the intensely flamed woods used on the back plates. Only a couple crazy backs are made each year owing to the rare supply of this incredible wood.

Stankov lives in the Kazanlak region or "Rose city" of Bulgaria with his wife, Angela Moneff, who is also a fine maker.

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