Gliga Vasile Relic Violin

SKU: RELIC

$1,810

  • Custom Gliga Violin
  • Handmade in Romania from Solid Tonewood
  • Fine Grained Carpathian Spruce Top & Flamed Solid Sycamore Maple Back & Sides
  • Traditional Guarneri Del Gesu Pattern, With Wider F Holes & Lower Bout
  • Hand Applied Dark Aged Antique Oil Finish
  • Rich, Warm Sound, and surprising projection

 

Could this be the best value violin on the Australian Market?

As a Gliga Gold Standard Dealer, Logans Have the privilege of being able to order custom models, based on the requests of our customers, and the interests of our staff.

One of the most regular requests we get from intermediate & professional violin customers is tonal warmth & projection. Providing both in a violin of this price range has long been elusive - Violins that project well in this price range are generally very bright in tone, violins that are warm in tone generally don't project well. 

With it's larger Guarneri design, the Gliga Vasile Relic punches well above it's weight - the larger lower bout providing additional warmth for a rich, almost viola-like tone. The wider F holes (reminiscent of the famously loud "Il Cannone" Guarneri) offer both extra projection, and a wider field of projection, so that you and your audience will feel like you are being enveloped in the sound of this terrific violin.

While The Gliga Vasile Relic is priced like an intermediate violin, it's tone & projection are better than that of many violins more than double the price - we have sold Vasile Relics to musicians of all ages, levels and musical backgrounds, from bluegrass fiddle players, to young players seeking something suitable for grade 5 and above. 

Logans have never carried a violin that has had such an enthusiastic response from customers, or been able to offer an instrument of this quality at this price. 

THE GLIGA STORY

Award winning violin maker, Mr Vasile Gliga, has been creating instruments since 1980 in his workshop in central Romania. Starting from humble beginnings working in a state-owned violin factory, his talent and passion for instrument making soon found him his independence hand-crafting just two violins per month from his own tiny workshop at home with the help of his wife.

His skills and attention to detail quickly found him international recognition which in time provided the resources for him to train other craftsmen in his style of making.

Sourcing his tone woods from the famous Carpathian Mountain region of central Europe, over the years, his range expanded from student to professional levels and to this day Mr Gliga offers European quality at very affordable prices.

Gliga’s success has allowed him to build and support a dance studio teaching Latin and Sports Dance methods to an international standard, a teaching facility and even a local soccer club.  In 2008 Mr Gliga was elected to the Romanian Parliament in which he works to further improve the lifestyle of his fellow Countrymen.

THE PROCESS

Mr Gliga sources his tone woods typically from the famous Carpathian Mountains from where it is believed Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) did the same.  These Mountains stretch 1,500km in length through Central and Eastern Europe and provide the correct altitude and climate for the spruce trees to grow slowly and consistently thus providing the close and even-grained tone woods best suited for high quality string instruments. Both spruce (used for the belly and soundpost) and maple (used for the back, neck, sides and bridge) are cut and stored for years to ensure that a natural drying process (also called curing) occurs long before the making process begins.

Once properly seasoned the long journey to becoming someone’s treasured instrument commences with the timber being graded, prepared and carved.  Each belly and back is taken from the same quarter-cut piece of spruce and maple to ensure tonal matching. Depending on the grade of timber and the model that it will become, the woods are carved and tuned to provide optimal tone and resonance. In the case of the higher grades the craftsperson will, through years of training, practice and experience, finely tune the ‘plates’ by graduating the tone woods to numerous different thicknesses across its surface. This is a lengthy process taking place well before the instrument can be skilfully assembled, sanded, prepared and, eventually, finished in numerous coats of purpose-made oil varnish imported from Germany from the famous Hammerl Company.

Logans are pleased to offer multiple varnish colours on Gliga II and above from which to choose:

  • standard (this is a basic traditional colour used in the market)
  • antique (a popular Gliga colour introduced in the 90s)
  • dark antique (made for Australia and now the most popular shade of oil varnish in the Gliga range)
  • aged dark antique (which incorporates a prominent visible grain line and darker edges)

Once complete the instruments are equipped with factory fittings such as strings, bridge, tailpiece and endpin and start their 2 month long sea trip to Australia where the final quality control check is performed before they are made into outfits by the inclusion of custom-designed cases and bows before being distributed to Gliga dealers across Australia.

Final Setups & Checks are performed by our in house luthier, who has set up thousands of Gliga Violins, and hand selected the best parts for every instrument, based on quality, value, and appropriateness for the level of the instrument. 

In acknowledgement of the quality of our instrument setups, Gliga have listed Logans Pianos as a Gliga Gold Standard Dealer, allowing us access to their professional & custom Instruments.

COUNTRY: Romania
PATTERN: Guarneri del Gesu
TOP: Solid Carpathian Spruce
BACK & SIDES: Two Piece Solid Sycamore Maple
GRADE: High Flame
PURFLING: Inlaid
PEGS: Ebony Heart with White Ball
FINGERBOARD: Ebony
TAILPIECE: Wittner Lightweight
FINE TUNERS: Inbuilt
CHINREST: Ebony Teka
BRIDGE: Aubert Mirecourt
STRINGS: Thomastic Dominant
FINISH: Antique Oil
BOW: Dorfler 1018 suggested (+$229)
CASE: HQ PC Case suggested (+$325)
SIZES: 4/4 ($1,810), 3/4 ($1,695), 1/2 ($1,695)

Logans Pianos is one of Australia's biggest Orchestral String dealers. We have hundreds of Violins, Violas, Cellos, Bows & Accessories in stock. Every one of our instruments is hand selected to ensure optimum value and performance. 

Every instrument purchase from Logans includes a full professional set up by our specialist luthier with more than 20 years experience. This set up includes properly cutting and fitting the bridge to each instrument, peg box set up, adjustment and fitting of soundpost and proper lubrication of pegs, nut, bridge, tailpiece and bow frog. Each instrument is then played and checked for any further adjustments. Proper set up is crucial to ensure maximum playability and performance.

Violin Setup

All violins, cellos and violas have factory fittings replaced with quality German strings, German tailpiece and a French bridge to enhance playability and tone.

All instruments receive 1 year free* maintenance from Logans. 

Repairs and ongoing maintenance are available directly through Logans Pianos.

Logans always have a large range of stringed instrument and accessories in stock, including books, bows, strings, cases, rosin and parts. While we try to keep our online stock as accurate as possible, we recommend you Contact Us to ensure your intended purchase is ready for purchase.

*Excludes strings and parts

General

Here at Logans, we will always do our best to make your order as fast and easy as possible. In most cases, we will process and ship your order next business day. 

For a variety of reasons, sometimes this is not possible. In these cases, we will always notify of the expected lead time next business day.

You will always be notified by email or phone once your order has been shipped, and will be able to track it using the provided shipping information here.

If you are looking for information on piano delivery, please skip to the bottom of the page.

If you are looking for our returns policy, please click here

Delivery Options

Logans are pleased to offer a variety of delivery options to our customers so you can choose the shipping method that best suits your needs.

In most cases, you will receive your product in 2-5 business days from the time of your order, but we ask that you allow up to 10 business days for delivery, to account for unexpected delays.

In Store Pickup

Most products can be picked up from our Burwood store. If you choose this option at checkout, please wait for us to confirm your order has been processed before coming to pick it up. 

Courier Shipping

Logans are pleased to offer shipping by the following couriers:

  • Couriers Please
  • Fastway
  • Parcel Point
  • Quantium
  • Seko
  • Sendle
  • TNT
  • Toll
  • UPS
  • Clipper Parcels (Sydney Only)

In most cases, the fastest, cheapest and best options to your location will appear at checkout, allowing you to choose the courier and rate that best suits your needs. Sometimes rural and remote areas will not calculate shipping. This doesn't mean we can't ship to you, or necessarily that it's going to be particularly expensive. please contact us for an obligation free quote for your area. 


Flat Rate Shipping

Logans are pleased to offer flat rate shipping on most products to Eastern States. Please note that for most customers, courier shipping (above) will be cheaper & faster for products over 500g

 Weight  NSW VIC, QLD & ACT

NT, SA, WA & TAS

<500g

Free

Free

Free

0.5 kg – 4.99 kg

$15

$25

$40

5 kg – 39.99 kg

$60

$60

$80

40 kg – 60 kg $150* $100 $150

 

*=valid for heavier goods, including digital pianos.

For very light products such as books, strings and small accessories, this will be standard Australia Post. We have send tens of thousands of books and accessories in this manner, and very rarely have issues. If your product arrives damaged, please contact us as soon as possible with photos of the product and we will replace it free of charge. 

Digital Pianos

Digital Piano delivery and setup is available in the Sydney Metro area only for the cost of $150 +$0.30 per step.

Additional surcharges apply to deliveries outside of the Sydney Metro area, and will need to be scheduled in advance. Please contact us for an obligation free quote.

As you will have to be home to show the carriers where to place your piano, we will call to schedule your delivery at a time that is convenient for you. 

Acoustic Pianos

Logans only work with the best  speciality carriers in the business - Dragon & Goninans. This ensures that your piano will arrive not only undamaged, but in tune & well regulated. Delivery to Sydney metro area is free to ground level, +$50 for each flight of stairs. 

Additional surcharges apply to deliveries outside of the Sydney Metro area, and will need to be scheduled in advance. Please contact us for an obligation free quote.

As you will have to be home to show the carriers where to place your piano, we will call to schedule your delivery at a time that is convenient for you. 

Shipping Information

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