Lu-Mi String Instruments
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The Lu Mi range of instruments is the result of years of development and refinement overseen by Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, the leading Finnish gamba player. They are instruments designed by a player of distinction with other professional performers in mind, and are faithful to the authentic light construction techniques of early strings.

About Lu-Mi Strings

All Lu-Mi strings are designed after 17th and 18th-century instruments. They are not exact copies as they have been slightly modified to meet the demands of the modern player.

Viola da Gamba - Violin - Viola - Violoncello - Violone - Bows

Viols

Lu-Mi produces treble, tenor, 6-string bass and 7-string bass viols as well as a pardessus and a division viol. Both the treble and tenor viols are designed after a Henry Jaye model. there is also a larger treble viol after John Hoskins. The 6-string bass viol is after Richard Meares and the 7-string bass is after Nicolas Bertrand.

There are two different ranges: ‘student’ and ‘master’.

 
£2,975.00
Bass Viol Strings
By Lu-Mi
£2,475.00
Tenor Viol Instrument
By Lu-Mi
£1,750.00
Treble Viol
By Lu-Mi
£2,975.00
Bass Viol Instrument
By Lu-Mi
£2,995.00
Tenor Viol Instrument
By Lu-Mi
£2,295.00
Treble Viol Instrument
By Lu-Mi

Violins

Lu-Mi produces four models of baroque violins: one after Nicola Amati; one after Jacobus Stainer and two after Antonius Stradivarius. There is also Lu-Mi's piccolo violin (violin in Bb) used in Bach's first Brandenburg Concerto.

Violas

Lu-Mi produces three different models of viola: one after Antonius Stradivarius and two after Gasparo da Salo violas from 1580 - one large (string length: 378mm ) and one small (string length: 353mm). There is also a Tenor Viola after da Salo.

Violoncellos

Lu-Mi produces four models of baroque violoncellos: one after Antonius Stradivarius' 'Davidov' from 1712, one after Stradivarius' 'Servais' from 1701, one after Domenico Montagnana's 'Sleeping Beauty' from 1739 and a 5-string baroque cello after Amati. 

Violones

Lu-Mi produces two 6-string Violones: one in G and one in A after Meares.

Bows

Finely crafted and beautifually balanced, the Lu-Mi bows are all made in snakewood.
£375.00
Viola, Tenor Viol Bow
By Lu-Mi
£375.00
Violin, Treble Viol Bow
By Lu-Mi
£375.00
Bass Viol Bow
By Lu-Mi

History of Lu-Mi Strings

Extract from Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - founder of Lu-Mi strings

As a teacher of viol at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and when conducting workshops and master classes elsewhere in Europe and in the USA, I noticed that too often students don't have a proper viol, and some don't have a viol at all. Ten thousand dollars or more for a custom-made viol is often too expensive for a beginner, and I have found the viols that have been for sale for $2000 or $3000 have been of too low quality. Students preparing to be professional musicians often develop their skills so rapidly that after a few months they need a better viol. Having always been interested in instrument making, I noticed that Chinese makers and workshops produce really good-quality modern cellos and violins, and I began searching for a workshop that could produce viols and other baroque stringed instruments.

I found luthier Wang Zhi Ming in Beijing. An excellent violinist, Wang learned violin-making from his father, who had studied under the German school of string-making. Since re-starting the workshop in the 1980s, Wang and his father have trained and employed more than 10 makers. Wang has furthered his knowledge by visiting Cremona to study some of the Italian traditions of string-making.

After collaborating with Wang, and supplying information about viol making and playing, the workshop started producing the first Lu-Mi viols. Since then, various models of baroque violins, violas and cellos have been made. Lu-Mi strings are constantly up-dated and improved, and are now sold worldwide.