Li Ming has made fine stringed instruments for over 40 years. Each instrument is professionally handcrafted to the highest level of craftsmanship. Moreover, each instrument is also a unique work of art.

He continually seeks ways to improve tonal qualities of the instruments that he makes. His ambition is set on making instruments that sound similar to instruments made by early Italian masters.

His instruments are sold all over the world, including New Zealand, Australia, United States, Germany, Taiwan and Malaysia. His violins have been highly acclaimed by many professional players.

 

What's special about a Li Ming violin?


Many professional violin players play old violins for performances. Firstly, we need to understand why old violins sound better. This is because the tonewood in old instruments have fundamental differences. Through the ageing process, the cell walls on the tonewood becomes thinner, which helps vibration, thereby giving the instrument the rich tone.

Based on this principle, I have done extensive research in cooperation with scientists. We have discovered an exclusive process to replicate the natural ageing of tonewood. The treated tonewood resulted in thinner cell walls, enriching the tone of the instrument which rivals hundred year old instruments.

The result of this process is very successful, and we have successfully replicated the sound characteristics of old instruments. As far as I know, this is also a world first. This enables professional players to possess the rich tone, without paying premium prices on old instruments.

I use top quality tonewood sourced from Italy. I currently make violins based on Joseph Guarnerious del Gesu 1742 Cannone II. The tone characteristic is strong, rich and crisp. It also has excellent carrying ability. Using it to play Paganini is similar to the original. Currently, I only make 3-5 of these instruments per year. My instruments will allow professional players to reach their full potential.