The inside bears the inscription "Antonius Stradivarius Cremona Germany faciebat Anno 1720" and an A/S logo. It's constructed of gorgeous tiger-striped maple wood. It has a signposted bridge, but I'm not sure what it says. It appears to be Okeshen or Qkeshen, and the k might be an r. The quality of workmanship is excellent.
An Antonius Stradivarius is one of the most expensive violin makers in history. Only about 150 are thought to have been built over a period of more than 100 years. They are named for Antonio Stradivari, the legendary Italian violin maker who lived from 1644-1716.
Stradivari's instruments are renowned for their beautiful sound and elegant design. They use soft maple as the preferred wood because of its fine grain and light weight. The neck and body are solid throughout, without a single laminate piece. The pegbox is half cut from one piece of wood and half glued to the back of the instrument. The pegs are cylindrical with fairly large holes for stringing them up.
Antonius Strads were manufactured in the German city of Krems in the 18th century by Matthias Anton Schauertegger. He took over the family business that had been founded by his father earlier in the century. These violins are very rare, only a few dozen are known to exist today.
Vintage Wood products are made from wood that is at least 100 years old. The wood must be certified by a reputable organization such as the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) or the Forestry Commission of Canada (FCC). These organizations certify that the wood in question is at least 100 years old.
There are two types of vintage woods: reclaimed and wildcrafted. Reclaimed wood comes from existing structure such as buildings and bridges that are being taken down or remodeled. Wildcrafted wood comes from standing trees found on private property or public land with no other use for the tree. Sometimes the term "reclaimed lumber" is used to describe both vintage woods, but this is incorrect. Only reclaimed wood can be labeled as such because it is wood that was already existing before it was harvested.
Wildcrafted woods usually have more character-defining features than reclaimed woods since they come from older, larger trees rather than uniform boards. They also tend to be darker in color. Reclaimed woods can be very dark if the pieces came from abandoned buildings where light doesn't reach for many years.
Koa hardwood is highly regarded for its beauty. The wood is light gray with a white interior and has a rich, honey-like smell when fresh.
Koa is used to make fine instruments such as guitars and violins because of its attractive appearance and natural tonal qualities. Koa wood is heavy and difficult to work with because it's soft when young and brittle as old growth trees grow larger. However, modern tools can make working with koa easy and efficient.
Hawaiian koa is found only in Hawaii. It is the largest tree in the world that grows in cultivation. Although it is not endangered, there are only about 50 living koa trees left in the wild.
The first koa trees were brought to Europe from Australia in 1832. Today, koa wood is popular among furniture makers because of its distinctive look and quality.
Koas produce large crops every 10 years or so. This makes them rare and expensive to buy or sell. Also, since they're dependent on climate, soil, and water conditions, they can be difficult to farm sustainably.