We stand for quality, integrity, personal service, and engagement at Sixth Generation Violin. We provide the highest quality of instruments and service in the area, from our decades old materials to fittings and bows, and we perform repairs and restoration to the exacting quality standards held by the most respected members of the violin making profession.
Our offerings include fine instruments for the discerning soloist, freelancer or chamber musician 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 instruments of the last 3 centuries. Our specialty, the Frirsz Asymmetric Viola, is a game changer for violists- providing unmatched tonal quality and playability, along with our trademark Perfect Sixth Fit™ System to ensure a lifetime of health and enjoyment.
In addition to our own handmade instruments, we also offer many options of high quality violins, violas and cellos to fit your needs and budget. These include master work from the last 3 centuries, beautiful instruments by modern masters, and masterpieces from up-and-coming young makers from all over the world, allowing the customer to find a professional quality instrument that suits them at a price point that fits them.
Offering a range of fine violins, violas and cellos
Quality intermediate instruments custom made in the white to our standards, with graduation, bass bar, varnish, assembly and setup completed by hand in our shop
Handcrafted instruments by professional modern makers
Fine soloistic instruments made fully by hand in our shop 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 instruments of the last 3 centuries
Fine master made instruments from the last 3 centuries
Six generations of methods and experience
Our unique “No-form” construction method, which takes more time than traditional methods of making but result in individualistic and stunning instruments that produce fantastic tone and remarkable playability
Highest quality materials: Aged European spruce up to 150 years old a high altitude grown, low specific gravity Engelmann spruce for fantastic tone
Frirsz unique models including the asymmetric viola
Quality intermediate instruments custom made in the white to our standards by partner factories in Europe and Asia, with graduation, bass bar, varnish, assembly and setup completed by hand in our shop
Professional quality at affordable prices
We offer repair and setup service on instruments of all types
Bows- minor repairs and rehairs using top quality Mongolian hair
Restoration services on fine instruments covering severe damage, reconditioning and touch up, and other major or minor structural repairs
Ethical, responsible, and high quality standards of professionalism, objectivity, integrity, and responsibility to clients and colleagues
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!