'ANANTA Shesha'-- 5-String Dragon Violin!!! 

 Alas, I am super-blessed on soooo many levels!  

My friend Jessupe Goldastini has hand and custom made a 5-string violin for me and it is finished!  Mr. Goldastini and I met when he hired me to tune and play a plethora of gorgeous violins that he designed, customized and crafted by hand.  Jessupe Goldastini is a carpentar by trade who is uniquely fascinated by both wood and violins and has successfully combined both of his passions into the most visually and aurally stimulating experience in the world  http://www.jessupegoldastini.com).  

Jessupe Goldastini breaks the barriers of traditional 'violin making' by using 'untraditional' designs, woods and curing treatments.  Mr. Goldastini uses a more ecologically friendly and environmentally healthy approach in his custom made recipes for varnish and curing by using plant and sugar based alchemy vs. the more traditionally chemical based lacquers and varnishes used in modern violin making.  For example, on my new violin, 'ANANTA Shesha', he used Grendalia plant cured in alcohol to create a water retardant for the wood inside the 'box' of the violin.  The top is made of cedar wood; the back is sapple (african mohagany); the finger board is jatoba (brazilian cherry) with a center-liner of american cherry; the tailpiece is crab wood; the pegs are mohagany.  The accents of the dragon identity were delicately carved to resemble scales; the eyes, 3rd-eye and tail piece are accentuated with blue sapphire gems.   Again, the curing and lacquer finish is an alchemical designed by Goldastini that is sugar-based.  Mr. Goldastini uses 'non-traditional' woods for various reasons primarily driven by ecology, longevity & artistic inspiration.  "I designed your violin using these elements because I was motivated to create something timeless and resilient.  The cedar, sapple, jatoba and crab woods are bug and decay resistant naturally giving this violin a much longer life span than the typical standard woods of spruce or pine", Goldastini remarks. Given that the meaning of ANANTA in sanskrit is timeless, limitless, infinite and that 'ANANTA Shesha' is the serpent that held 'Lord Vishnu' in the sea of 'Samsara', it is clearly apparent that Mr. Goldastini captured the essence of this concept in this artistic creation.  The tone of this violin is beautifully resonant beyond measure because the box is slightly larger than a standard violin; thus, compensating for the 5th string.  The upper-register is uniquely crisp and clean giving the instrument a broader horizon than most.  For more of Jessupe Goldastini's art and work please visit: http://www.jessupegoldastini.com Should you purchase a master-piece tell him ANANTA sent you!

I will be playing 'ANANATA Shesha'  all over the world at various locations!

For pickies of 'ANANTA Shesha' go to my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/anantafiddlehooper

Enjoy and hope to see you very soon!


 

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  • Betty cooper

    Betty cooper WA

    I was blessed to have you as a example in my life and a true friend...fly on daughter....Mama Betty will sing a song for you...Thank you so much...always in my heart

    I was blessed to have you as a example in my life and a true friend...fly on daughter....Mama Betty will sing a song for you...Thank you so much...always in my heart

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