Eastman Strings’ commitment to Old World hand-craftsmanship and quality solid tonewoods and fittings begins right here with our entry level violins and violas.
This model has received praise from the most exacting critics of all: school and private studio teachers.
Not content to make a merely serviceable student violin and viola, we have crafted these instruments by hand from seasoned tonewoods, and installed top quality ebony fittings. Samuel Eastman model 80 violins and violas offer unparalleled quality of sound and playability in an entry level instrument.
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Eastman Strings was founded in 1992, yet it is already an integral part of the long and glorious history of one of the most fascinating musical traditions the world has known. Through our violin and bow making activities, we at Eastman Strings are attached to a tradition nearly 500 years old, and we strive to maintain a level of artistic and commercial achievement worthy of our predecessors. The history of the violin family is fascinating and complex. It has all the elements of a great story, and our place in that story tells a lot about how we view the importance of what we do.
There are many books and websites that offer extensive information and speculation about the history of violinmaking, and it is not our goal to repeat all of this information here. Let it suffice for us to pick up the story in the late 19th century, when economic and social factors came into play to influence the art of violin making and bring it into the modern age. The enthusiastic introduction of Eastman Winds into the brass instrument market benefits brass players in this important marketplace. Eastman's growing reputation for excellence lies in the talent and accomplishment of its designers, makers, and company philosophy.
At the forefront of Eastman is a commitment to the customer to make the finest instruments at each level of playing. This ensures the musical success and confidence of students, amateurs, and professionals. Early in the development of the brass instrument line, Eastman chose to partner with the master brass instrument maker, Stephen Shires. This unique collaboration has lead to Eastman by Shires instruments. These instruments include special features that are only found on high-end professional brass. Eastman Winds offers the Eastman by Shires instruments at an attractive price point for greater reception in the market. Additionally, Mr. Shires has been acutely influential in the design and production of the entire brass line. His influence is evident in the standard set for each instrument that we make.