Paul Michael Stanton's instruments are made using only the finest materials. The selection of timber forms an important first stage in the violin making process. Its tonal properties and physical beauty are ensured by selecting the best Swiss spruce for the fronts and the finest slow grown Balkan maple for the back, ribs and head. The initial seasoning is extended by storing it for at least another five years before its use. This guarantees its complete stability before work commences.
Each instrument is handmade and is constructed on an individual basis in order that maximum attention can be paid to each stage of its construction. Musicians are welcome to become actively involved in the process and any specific requirements can often be incorporated within the early stages.
A natural golden ground is applied to the instruments prior to varnishing in order to ensure maximum translucency when the varnish layer is added. The varnish is made using traditional oils, gums and pigments and is applied in a manner that not only enhances the aesthetic beauty of the wood but allows maximum flexibility and thus resonance within the instrument. It also forms a vital protective layer. Paul Michael Stanton's violins, violas and cellos are noted for their even response over their entire tonal range and posses a sonorous and projecting tone.
One of the most important stages in the violin making process is the setup of the instrument. Using his many years experience in this process Paul is able to ensure that each instrument is setup to the very highest standard using the best quality fittings. Finally it is of particular importance that the musician is able to obtain the very best in tonal performance from their instrument and it is to this end that Paul will work with each player to ensure that this is achieved. To the right a picture of Newark Violin Making School.