Violin, Jacob von der Lippe – Oslo, 2023

The sound in focus. As always

For some violin makers, the journey ends when the instrument is finished. Not for me. This is when the adventure begins. The violin spends little time in the workshop, compared to the many hundreds of years it will be played. A fascinating and important thought. My task is that the violin should always respond to your wishes and development over time. Not just today, but in five or twenty years.

I have made this violin over my own personal von der Lippe model, perfected over a decade. All the experience I have acquired in the construction of over sixty instruments has been fused into this violin. My goal is always to create a violin that is rich in overtones, warm and projecting, and that gives you as a musician the opportunity to express your personality.

The violin is made with a top in Italian alpine spruce and back, ribs and neck in European flamed maple. Since we live in a modern age, I have been using Corene fretboard (not ebony) and Knelling Planetary tuning screws. Forget tuning screws that lose their grip or snap. That time is over.

Now it’s your turn. Do you want to try the violin yourself?

The violin is now available for a non-binding trial. Feel free to contact or call +47 900 19 140. Click on the images below to study the violin up close.


I can highly recommend Jacob von der Lippe’s instruments! I bought my violin in 2002, immediately falling in love with its sweetness and warmth.

Astrid Kirschner, group leader 2nd violin, Opera Orchestra at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet

On later occasions I have compared the violin with the older Italian, where von der Lippe’s instrument carries better and stronger than the Italian, -in a blind test with several musicians present. I appreciate the bright shiny sound, at the same time as the instrument has impressive resistance, so it takes a lot before the sound cracks, which gives the strong sound.

Nils Thore Røsth, The Opera Orchestra at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet

The violin projects sound in a way that fills the room without being perceived as strenuous. It has a rich and warm sound in all registers, while being easy to play and articulate. It blends well both in chamber music and orchestra playing. The process to have build my own violin is in itself very exciting, and felt entirely positive, thanks to Jacobs reliability and friendly service minded attitude.

Maren Elle, The Broadcasting Orchestra

Your violin has a glow and shine in the tone that I really appreciate, and the tone is round and full at the same time.

Arve Tellefsen, Soloist

I simply love this violin and would not exchange it for anything. It has a very appealing sound: light, singing, lots of overtones, modular – it has both warmth and edge, and is even over the whole register. In addition, it’s incredibly easy to play, always in a good mood, and is not changing with the weather.

Mari Lerseth, Freelance violinist
The violin is incredibly easy to play and easy to articulate and has a smooth, full sound throughout the register.
Sidsel Scheen, Freelance violinist

The violin is incredibly rich in overtones and I remember that I only rehearsed Bach’s solo sonatas and scores the first time because I was so inspired by the open sound.

Hilde Kolstad Huse, Freelance violinist

Over the course of 20 years, my instrument has evolved a lot. The sound has become both bigger and warmer, my violin allows for a wide range of tonal shades, and it is very easy to play.

Lina Marie Årnes, Freelance violinist and educator

My “Jacob von der Lippe” instrument has shaped itself well to my personality, with a round pleasant tone. It easily fills various concert halls, be it the large ones (eg Oslo Concert Hall) or the small ones.

Cecilie Husevåg, Educator

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I have extensive experience with musicians at all levels. Whether you are a music student, freelancer, orchestra musician or soloist, I understand and listen to your wishes. You can always borrow with instruments and bows on home loans up to two weeks, insurance is taken care of.

Sculpted Sound


Sound is the true reason for making instruments. In this recording the focus is on sound itself. Can a characteristic of sound be heard among instruments created by the same log of spruce and the hands of one specific violin maker, even if played by different instrumentalists? How do vastly different venues highlight various aspects of the same instruments? And how about the development of one violin maker through a span of twenty years?

Sculpted Sound

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