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GLIGA OF ROMANIA
Superb violins and other stringed instruments and outfits


We are best known for our Gligas. We have some sample comments but these are only a tiny fraction of all the positive comments we have received. We invite anyone who is sceptical to do a Google search to see what others think of Gliga. We are confident that their instruments will beat anything else you are likely to get at anywhere near the kind of prices we charge.

Gliga violins and other stringed instruments are made in Romania and sent to us from Reghin which is at the edge of the Carpathian Mountains from where Gliga obtain spruce wood as it is believed Stradivarius himself did.

We regularly send out their instruments as they come to us since unlike many makers it is unusual for them to need any real attention on our part. Despite that we never take anything for granted so everything is carefully examined and tested by us as we do our utmost not to sell anything in less than perfect condition and instruments leave us in good immediate playing condition.

 

There are four grades of instruments:

GENIAL

Typically sold to adult beginners or to child 'improvers'. This is the lowest level - and described by GLIGA as school instruments. All we can say is that we defy you to find anything remotely comparable in any school music cupboard! Perhaps the Romanians take music education in schools more seriously than we do. The Genial 2 competes directly with Zeller and Poller but we have yet to meet a teacher who does not agree that it is superior. We don't stock Genial 2 but we are willing to obtain them to order. Why don't we stock them? Well, our storage facility has no climate control and the Genial 2, like virtually all student instruments, has a sprayed-on nitro varnish. Cheap student instruments have a very thick layer of this varnish and they survive our storage facility perfectly well. European nitro-varnished instruments seem to have a thinner layer of varnish, which is better for the tone, but means they are prone to varnish cracks if subjected to extremes of temperature or humidity. The Genial 1 has an oil varnish giving it a matt finish and generally the appearance of a much more expensive violin (or viola, etc) and it also sounds better. Genial outfits include a student bow and shaped styrofoam case.

GEMS

Typically sold to adult beginners and returners, and children up to around Grade 5, on the basis that such children will be playing it for around two years before moving up a size. The Gems 1 and Gems 2 are a step up from the Genial 1 and the only difference between them is that the Gems 1 has more flaming than the Gems 2. Gems outfits include a better student bow with octagonal stick and shaped styrofoam case.

People frequently ask us about set-up. When we get the instruments from Gliga we lubricate the pegs, restring the instruments (except Gamas which already have Dominant strings), fit four adjusters and check the bridge height. Nearly always the bridge height is fine for most players. Some players have a preference for a lower bridge and a very few prefer a higher bridge. We are not able to deal with bridge height adjustments ourselves. Instruments are ready to play when they leave us.

GAMA

Typically sold to adult improvers, folk fiddlers, teachers, freelance professionals as a backup instrument, young players of Grade 5 up to Grade 8. We will not make silly claims and describe this instrument as suitable for first instrument study at a conservatoire but we will and do say confidently that it will be entirely adequate for anything below that level.

The Gama comes in a number of varieties, and is available in normal or antiqued finish. The standard Gama model has a two-piece back as does the Gama Super version which has an ebony horseshoe where the neck joins the body and a pin construction which is considered to be more accurate.  Whether any of these variations make a difference in tonal quality is something we have been unable to determine.  However it seems to us that with the smaller sizes the one-piece back version gives better sound.

A one-piece back version of the Gama is also available at extra cost.

The standard model is the Strad. Guarneri models are available for full size violin only. It is larger than the Strad (slightly over 14") and will not fit in all violin cases. The tone is very different - louder, darker (almost like a viola), more 'masculine'.

A word about set-up

All our violins are sent ready to play. Before we send the violins out, we lubricate the pegs, fit four adjusters (unless you do not require them) and fit Dominant strings, except on Gamas and Maestros where they are already standard. Sometimes customers enquire about getting professional set-up. Whilst we can arrange this, we would advise that any set-up work which involves changing the bridge and/or the soundpost has a significant effect on the tone. We find an overwhelming majority of players below Grade 8 actually prefer the instruments as they come, except that some prefer a lower bridge. Even changing to a Wittner tailpiece has an effect on the tone. We have had customers disappointed because they have spent money on a high level set-up and then found that they preferred the instrument before. Obviously these considerations apply to any violin, not just the Gliga. We do offer an 'improved' Gama 1 that is based on a Guarneri model (which starts life sounding darker than the Strad model) but we can almost guarantee that no-one under about Grade 8 will like it. Should you be someone who likes their violins brighter than most people do, or should you be an advanced player on a budget needing a brighter violin, feel free to ask about this model, but for most reading this, we don't think this one is for you!

 

MAESTRO (MASTER)

Some players prize a violin with a certificate of authenticity with the maker's signature. Such players may wish to consider the Maestro. These are not kept by us in regular stock but can be obtained on special order and are not sent on approval. Please contact us for further information if interested.

 

VIOLINS

 

OUTFITS
(instrument, case, bow  and rosin)

INSTRUMENT ONLY
(case and bow sold separately if required)

SIZE

Genial 2

Genial 1

Gems 2

Gems 1

Gama 2

Gama 1/
Gama Super

Maestro 1

Maestro Extra

4/4

200

225

300

350

450

550

1000

1200

7/8

195

220

290

335

405

495

900

1100

3/4

195

215

280

320

360

440

800

1000

1/2

190

210

270

305

315

385

700

875

1/4

185

205

260

290

270

330

600

750

1/8

180

200

250

275

225

275

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1/16

180

200

250

275

225

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1/32

180

200

250

275

225

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Post free within UK
Pictures:  
Genial 2  Genial 1  Gems 2  Gems 1  Gama 2

 

VIOLAS

 

OUTFITS
(instrument, case, bow  and rosin)

INSTRUMENT ONLY
(case and bow sold separately if required)

SIZE

Genial 2

Genial 1

Gems 2

Gems 1

Gama 2

Gama 1

Maestro 1

Maestro Extra

17, 17

275

300

375

450

550

725

1300

1550

16, 16

265

290

360

425

520

670

1200

1450

15, 15

260

280

345

405

485

615

1100

1350

14

255

270

330

385

450

560

1000

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13

250

265

320

365

415

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12

245

260

310

345

380

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11

240

260

300

325

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Post free within UK

 

CELLOS

 

OUTFITS
(instrument, case, bow  and rosin)

INSTRUMENT ONLY
(case and bow sold separately)

SIZE

Genial 2
laminated

Genial 2
Solidwood

Genial 1

Gems 2

Gems 1

Gama 2

Gama 1

Maestro 1

4/4

750

900

1050

1200

1350

1600

2300

2700

7/8

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845

980

1120

1260

1450

2070

2440

3/4

710

790

910

1040

1170

1300

1840

2180

1/2

675

735

840

960

1080

1150

1610

1920

1/4

650

680

770

880

990

1000

1380

1660

1/8

625

625

700

800

900

850

1150

1400

Post free within UK

 

DOUBLE BASSES

Whilst we are happy to supply GLIGA double basses, we would have to treat any purchase as a special order and would require a deposit before obtaining the instrument. Please email us or telephone if you are interested in purchasing a double bass so that we can discuss your requirements and shipping costs.