This outfit comes with The Stardust fiddle, the Eastman mini-cello case, and either a BL305 or a BL304 bow, and (November 22-28, 2022 only!) a cake of Lonesome Pine Rosin.
The Stardust is named after the classic Hoagy Carmichael jazz tune called Stardust. The Italian spruce top of the fiddle boasts beautiful wood grains and the flames on the back are stunning. The instrument brings together outstanding European tonewoods, expert craftsmanship, and artistic oil varnish to create a professional acoustic sound. Meticulously tuned plates and bass bars contribute to the superb, rich, and powerful tone. The depth of tonal color offers a highly expressive range of musical options for the performing artist.
“The (Stardust’s) temperament, is complex and refined with many colors to coax out of the violin. Its sound is plush and even, from a warm-sounding E string to a lively, throaty tone on the G. It has a beautifully delicate sound” – Strings Magazine
The Stardust has a lovely classic appearance – you can see the wood grains as soon as you open the case. It looks like a fiddle that has lived, and it sure plays like one too. Its hand-applied, antique style, multilayer “spirit varnish” gives it that old look to go with a high-end, even fancy feel that you want every fiddle to have.
This fiddle comes with some power: it will be heard at a jam session of any size. But while it can give a lot of volume, the sound remains well-balanced and warm, with a large dynamic range. This fiddle also can handle a diverse array of jobs: it can smoothly drive a fast breakdown or go big and full for waltzes — and it has the resonance and tonal clarity that I like for those jazz and western swing classics.
The Case: Eastman Mini-Cello Series
This hard-shell case is gorgeous! Constructed from a foam-injected polycarbonate shell, this case is both durable and lightweight (just 5 pounds, to be exact). It includes high-quality metal latches, a durable protective weatherstrip, and ultra-padded backpack straps for comfort. The detachable pocket on the back holds a laptop or iPad and has dividers for sheet music and notes. There’s also a subway strap for carrying options. Open the case to see your beautiful fiddle, two bows snugly held in place by magnetic holders, rosin compartments, and a shoulder rest holder below. This soft, padded, protective case is elegant and optimal for protection and portability.
The Bow: Cadenza Two-Star BL304
The model BL304 silver-mounted carbon fiber bow with a professional quality Pernambuco-faced carbon fiber stick. Following the tradition bowmakers have adhered to for centuries, Eastman uses silver mountings and a three-part button nickel mounted frog with mother-of-pearl inlay. The stick is complete with a silver-plated wire winding and a genuine leather grip. The hair is genuine, unbleached, Mongolian horsehair.
See below for video samples of The Stardust!