Commissioning an instrument is a perfect way to find an instrument that fits you, physically, aesthetically, and tonally. At Sixth Generation Violin, we have an exciting and detailed process to make sure that we can build you the instrument of your dreams.
All our hand made instruments are constructed using our special No Form method, and utilize our special varnish and preparations to give our instruments a distinctive, well-aged look. They are full of character and beauty but incredibly easy to play and always have a strong and well balanced tone that speaks easily.
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!
Custom Sizing, Models, Fittings, and an instrument made with your vision in mind
You are the first and most important owner- a new instrument is like a baby, it needs to be trained to find its voice, and it will open and grow with you.
New Instruments made by professional makers appreciate in value with time. That means that not only can an instrument be a treasured friend and partner, but it can also be an investment or an inheritance to pass down!
We create only a few instruments per year, so selection can be limited.
We go through a detailed interview process to determine your likes and dislikes.
Next, we use a unique measurement process based on your arm length, hand size, and any other relevant factors
We gather all the information, and determine the proper model, size and string length for you. We are confident that our process will result in the most comfortable instrument you have ever played.
Once we have agreed upon the path forward, a contract and deposit can be placed to get work started.
Final payment is due in two parts: 1) 1⁄2 upon completion of the instrument and, 2) 1⁄2 upon pickup/delivery. Trade-ins can be accepted, and we are always willing, ready and able to work with you in any way we are able to allow you to find the instrument of your dreams.
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!