"…a beautifully made [viola], pleasing to the eye and very player-friendly. The sound was extremely even and impressive with an obvious depth of character which invited exploration. All in all, I have no reservation in
“After playing for many years on a fine 18th century German instrument I tried one of Martin's violins. I am not normally an impulsive person, but I knew I’d found a real gem and brought it straight away. My playing felt instantly easier all across the range – it has great tonal projection and yet amazingly still has all the subtle qualities and depth of a much older instrument. Since then, for the first time I’ve been 100% happy with my
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"In my job, I don't have time to worry if a note is going to sound or not. Martin's viola is great - a big sound, even-toned across the range, and it speaks instantly. Buy one - they work!"
"The joy of a violin that plays effortlessly, with evenness throughout the range, an immediate response sensitive to every nuance and with purity and sweetness of tone - I cannot go back to my 18th century instrument."
"As a London freelance player I first played on Martin's violin, and immediately fell in love with the rich tone. The instrument has an immediate and responsive sound, with a good quality of timbre in the high registers. It has a pleasing resonance and consistancy of tone, with an absence of any harsh or nasal sounds. The harmonics are pure and overall the violin has a good tonal character. It is a delight to play and I can't put it down for long."
"I have been dealing with Martin McClean now for a number of years. The service he offers is both professional and accomodating. His workmanship is of exceptionally high quality and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to fellow musicians and students".
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