Our award-winning Anton Gerard Violin is one of the most visually stunning from our line of fine instruments for intermediate and advanced violinists. Anton Gerard Violins offer a gorgeous, dark tone with amazing projection. Hear this violin live in these performance videos.
What makes Kennedy Violins string instruments the best on the market? First, we purchase each violin directly from the maker — a rare and highly effective business practice that lowers our cost and allows us to pass the savings to you. Next, all final assembly and FREE setup is performed locally in our Washington State shop by our professionally trained luthier staff. NO assembly or setup is required with a violin that is ready to play from the moment you open the case. With both the highest-rated violins and customer service in the U.S., we are the only company confident enough to back up our instruments with our lifetime warranty and 45-day money-back guarantee. Experience the Kennedy Violins difference today!
One of the Gerard's most valuable and stunning features is its dramatically tiger-flamed one-piece back. You will not find any other violin so beautifully made with such a high-quality, unique cut of fine maple at this price point. The violin is a rich brown tone with reflective gold undertones accentuated by a hand-rubbed oil and spirit varnish with fading shadows. The rich finish highlights accents in the wood grain and the curves of the instrument. The natural — not lacquer — finish is not only the mark of a masterfully made instrument, but remains true to historical, tried-and-true standards of hand-crafted violin making.
Finishing touches include gold-toned decorative eyes on the fittings (including the tailpiece, pegs, and end button) that give the violin both elegant character and visual appeal. The use of mother-of-pearl inlay adds value to the instrument as it involves a traditional technique of inserting both metal and iridescent shell into the wood and smoothing the surface of the piece.
Setup of the Anton Gerard Violin is done with utmost precision for comfortable playability and responsiveness. The Gerard is fit with our highest-grade French Aubert bridge made with fine European maple. The bridge is hand-carved with precision to fit flush with the face of the instrument and with accurate top curvature, creating correct string height above the fingerboard. The quality of wood, shape, and fit of the bridge allows performers to easily manipulate even the smallest tone color.
Professional fittings include
The complete violin outfit includes the following:
Posted by Kristina S. on 10th Mar 2014
I looked at several violins from Kennedy and stores in my neighborhood when it came time to invest in a full-size instrument for my 8th grade son, who is an advancing student. We also had his violin teacher try out various violins with him. Whereas several of the other new or used violins we played had either a tinny or buzzy string or two, or didn't project equally from all four strings, the Gerard stood out with its resonant, balanced projection. It just has great sound! My son is thrilled with his new Gerard violin. It's an instrument that will grow with him. I'm glad we made the investment in the Gerard quality.
Posted by Chris on 19th Jan 2014
I'm an adult student who's been taking lessons for about 2 months. I bought the Anton Gerard a month ago and have been using it about an hour a day since. My Gerard is dated April 4, 2013, and has Dominant strings.
I've been playing the Gerard side by side with a rental instrument in the last month and can hear an obvious difference between the two.
My rental has a thin, trebly sound to it. In contrast the Gerard produces very notable dark and earthy tones. I would say that the G and D are almost too dark but notes come off clear so I'm mostly excited for the day I am capable enough to really take advantage of that. Also, the A and E strings sound well balanced with the G and D and aren't like the nasaly rental at all.
After a close examination my instructor liked the sound and thought this was a good buy, especially with the included case which is surprisingly nice. His three concerns after giving the instrument a once over were 1.) the bridge seemed thick to him 2.) the notches in the bridge for the string seats were quite deep creating a less than ideal effective curvature of the strings over the fingerboard 3.) the strings weren't properly strung onto the pegs so as the second winding would overlap the first. Pretty minor concerns really.
All in all, this instrument is way better than I had hoped to get for a under a thousand bucks and I'm incredibly happy I didn't waste 3 grand on something else.
I will recommend Kennedy violins to people I meet in the future.
Posted by Tom on 24th Mar 2013
If you are considering a new violin for an aspiring student to professional, I can tell you that the Anton Gerard is a superior investment. We had a group of students & professionals play on the instrument just after it arrived and what a treat! The sound is large and balanced.
Posted by MJH on 23rd Mar 2013
I debated for a while which violin to get. There aren't any good shops near me and I was warned by my private tutor not to order online or buy a new violin. It's been a couple of months now and I've also got a much more expensive used violin to compare it to.
First impressions were a bit mixed. It is strikingly beautiful to look at although there was some sloppiness in the finish that is pretty obvious from some distance away. At some point I am going to have to pay someone to finish varnishing the areas that were simply skipped over in their rush to finish it. For a violin in this price range, it seems like they should really pay more attention to detail with the finishing.
My tutor, who has been playing professionally for many years also noticed that the fingerboard is a bit shorter and wider than the traditional shape although I have to say that I can't tell the difference.
The sound is really what makes the biggest difference here. I got started with Cello before moving over to violin and I really wanted an instrument that would give me that deep, dark, mournful bellow on the G String. This instrument really delivers there, in fact that was my main criteria in choosing this particular model. I'm currently playing with Zyex strings, but I'm planning to switch over to Obligatos to try and maximize this.
In comparison to my more expensive violin, sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference. My other one is brighter and more resonant but costs more than twice what this one did. It is certainly not twice the violin. The Gerard can hold its own with a more expensive violin when setup and played properly. I'm mostly using my other one for pieces that require good tone throughout the spectrum and I'm going to use my Gerard for the darker pieces I really love.
Overall, it is not a perfect outfit but I suspect I'll be happy playing it for many, many years to come.
I'm an adult student with about a year of daily practice and a private tutor. I think this is a good step option and Kennedy has been helpful when I called them up for advice. Next step is to upgrade to a nicer bow...
Posted by Dave Kennedy on 30th Jan 2012
My Anton Gerard is almost 2 uyears old..made 4/4/10 and it has gotten better and better in sound and performance.....I started out wiht a NX Coda Bow and have been VERY pleased with the sound and the response of both the bow and the violin....I use Zyex strings on my Anto G. and it Very rarely needs to be tuned...it holds forever....envn in the winter!!
This is a beautiful violin that is equal to a Snow $1400+ violin......
You can't go wrong with it.....