Italian Handcrafted ” Macchi Model” Violin, anno 2011, Cremona The belly, back, head, ribs and head are handmade by expert makers that Edgar Russ knows personally and appreciates for their skills. The critical areas of the instrument construction that present greater difficulty are personally worked on by Master Russ in his workshop in the center of Cremona, in Via Macchi. This ensures that the instrument will have acoustic qualities of the highest levels. Master Russ establishes the criteria for the correcto thickness and measurements for the belly, back and the other elements that have a fundamental impact on the instrument sound for every instrument. These include the placement and shaping of the bassbar, the correct positioning of the neck joint in order to ensure a balanced sound across the four strings, and a perfect set-up that guarantees the best sound possible for every individual instrument. Finally, following antique traditions, the varnish can be either antiqued or in the non-antiqued Cremonese style. The instruments in the Macchi line satisfy the needs of professionals.