master violin and viola case maker
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Musafia Cremona Italy
A timeless design from the 1700s brought into the present with an eye on the future.
In 1999 Dimitri Musafia designed AETERNUM, a re-interpretation of the classic violin case of the 1700s. Starting with the straight-sided, rounded-end design that some experts think may have been invented by no less than Antonio Stradivari, the instrument was placed at a slant to make more room available for accessories.
Continually re-designed and perfected since then, the AETERNUM Series 4 and AETERNUM Series 4 Aureum, introduced in 2012, represent the latest refinement of the AETERNUM concept. While maintaining the basic shape of the previous versions, in this fourth edition the instrument has been moved closer to the center of the case for further protection in case of accident, the main accessory compartment is now to the right, and the scroll area now features an optically enlightening strip of cherrywood burl trim.
The instrument is surrounded by thick padding and high-density foam filler to help protect the violin or viola from impact in all directions, with an additional safety frame to further protect the scroll and neck. Roomy accessory compartments with brass-hinged lids offer considerable space (totaling 1835 cm3 in the violin version) for the shoulder rest, string packets, mutes, tuning forks, etc. in three distinct areas.
Instrument protection is further enhanced by structural load bearing crosswise
partitions, with bolted-through steel L-reinforcements mated to the
trademark Musafia monolithic impact absorbing system. Linear
surfaces reduced to the minimum provide additional strength and the
Series 4 and AETERNUM Series 4 Aureum also feature an anti-intrusion bottom panel for yet more protection.
In the AETERNUM Series 4 the exceptionally plush interior, with deep padding, is fully lined in finest velvet plush and suede-like Royale for a stylish two-tone effect. Specially-milled ivory-colored bow ribbons (treated to resist rosin dust) feature a jacquard weave which reproduces the inlay of the 1677 "Sunrise" Stradivari. The lid is further graced by two strips of hand-polished cherrywood burl, finished with six coats of traditional gumlack prepared in the workshop. A small but thoughtful touch is represented by the presence of ribbons to retain photographs in the lid without damage.
The Aureum version of the Aeternum series 4 reaches an almost incredible level of style, quality and detail with softest Italian suede leather lining, contrasting stripe bottom padding (similar to that in the Enigma), "Sunrise" pattern satin lining, and as a final touch - 12 discreetly situated Swarovski crystals to hide otherwise visible screw heads (the crystals can be deleted if preferred without).
The AETERNUM Series 4 and AETERNUM Series 4 Aureum are available for the violin and for the viola.
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A mix of classic and modern. Instrument placement with strategic foam impact absorbing structures and a safety frame in the scroll-neck area to protect it from impact in all directions. Closed accessory boxes on long-lasting brass piano hinging for mutes, tuning fork, etc.. Deep bottom padding.
FORMATS AND VERSIONS
Firm surfaces lined in suede-like Royale, with truly finest velvet plush padding (Aeternum Series 4); Italian suede leather, finest velvet plush padding and satin (Aeternum Series 4 Aureum).
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In his continuous quest for perfection, Mr. Musafia reserves the right to change, modify, and improve any features and characteristics of these cases without prior notice.
"Musafia", "Musafia Cremona Italy", and "SATRAVI" are registered trademarks protected by law.
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