Following a successful career in marketing and technology, William Townsend began studying violin making under the tutelage of Ziang Mei then continued learning techniques from William Hilton (a student of Vhakn Nigogosian), and Alberti Genduso (who has studied with the famed German master Horst Kloss and Karl Ray, director of the Bavarian State School of Violin Making in MIttenwald, Germany). He frequently exchanges ideas with two of the leading contemporary makers, Gregg Alf and Raymond Schryer, and was involved in Amiata Summit, a biannual event bringing 8 top makers together with leading musicians to delve into the mysteries of the violin. An art major in college, he latched onto violin mak
Every William Townsend violin is made by hand, following the ideals and working methods of the early Italian masters, while utilizing today’s advanced scientific and technological techniques to provide an instrument that satisfies the violinist’s playing needs. Only the finest varnishes are used, carefully applied over a proprietary mineral ground that effectively recreates the chemical composition of the ground used by Antonio Stradivari.
The William Townsend Master Series is handcrafted from 60+-year-old Bosnian maple and 20- to 45-year-old Swiss or Italian spruce. This wood is treated with a propriety process that removes the majority of pectin, which is a waxy, resin-like substance that fills the internal wood pores. This treatment frees the wood to vibrate more, providing the flexibility required to rapidly achieve a wonderful acoustical tone. The effects of this treatment are akin to allowing wood to age for decades.
ing because of his fascination with the history of the instrument and the fact that in over 300 years no significant improvements have been made to the violin which he viewed as a challenge to experiment with.