The Frirsz family from Hungary is the oldest family of violin makers in the world, spanning five generations. Trained by fifth-generation master luthier Nicholas Frirsz himself, we also carry on the family methods, traditions, and secrets of violin making and all string instruments. It’s six generations of tradition coming to today’s world.
We offer fine soloistic string instruments made fully by hand in our shop. We ensure quality by using European maple wood that is up to 150 years old and employing our unique No-Form construction and proprietary patterns based on the finest Hungarian and Italian master string instruments of the last 3 centuries.
No matter your your budget, we vow to pair each player with high quality string instruments to match their needs and skill level. We are committed to being open, transparent, and honest with all of our work, estimates, and instruments- we will always strive to impart all the options, and recommend the best course of action. All of our rentals include geared peg systems to make tuning easier and allow students to focus on what matters: playing the instrument.
The Frirsz Asymmetric Viola- in a class by itself! Pioneered by Nicholas Frirsz, our violas are specifically designed to maximize the air space in the body for incredible, deep tone, particularly on the C string. At the same time, shortening the string length and adjusting the shape of the treble/playing side of the instrument allows for comfortable playing and shifting. Combined with our industry leading Perfect Sixth Fit™ System, the result is an aesthetically pleasing viola that punches well above its weight, but will shock you with how easy it is to play! We guarantee it!
I absolutely love my Frirsz viola, and since I’ve owned it my playing has been boosted immensely. Every time I have come to Nick or Thomas in the shop they have shown the highest level of care and knowledge about my viola! Highly recommended to string players looking for quality service and instruments.
I went to Sixth Generation Violin with a dire crack down the middle of my viola. Thomas Dunn restored my damaged viola back to its former self and also encouraged me to contact him with any questions I had throughout the process. He was so kind and worked extremely hard to make sure I was happy with the work that was done. I will be returning in the future!
I am so glad I found Sixth Generation Violins in Saratoga! Summers in the Adirondacks can get so humid and my violin requires extra attention when that happens. Tom has helped me and my students at Luzerne Music Center so many times during the summers when our instruments get finicky. His expertise, attention to detail, and great personality are unparalleled. I always look forward to visiting his shop!
The tailpiece I bought made my violin sound amazing. It sounded good before, but I wanted to try it after I read the reviews. It was such an improvement, that I'm definitely ordering one for my viola right away.
Awesome customer service, great value for the cost, and I love my cello upgrades, including the genius Frirsz tailpiece!!
Thanks for taking care of the Red Mendelssohn Strad!