Thank you for entering my website and, again, welcome! Perhaps you hold an interest in my background and in my work, so please allow me to spend a moment satisfying that interest.
I, Bai LiXing, was born in 1950 and have been fascinated with musical instruments and their making since early childhood, especially in the violin. At the age of 20, I began my apprenticeship under a famous violin maker in China. Now, I have worked in the China National Opera House for many years, and enjoy regular opportunities to study many outstanding examples of the luthier's art. I also have regular opportunities to probe into the techniques and requirements of sound production with contemporary violinists. Thus, I obtain violin making inspiration among them. Having hand-crafted hundreds of violins, violas, cellos, and double bass' for over 30 years, my technique is now exquisite, and the sound of my instruments is pure and powerful. I am one of very few genuine luthiers China.
I craft instruments with either a traditional or an antique finish. Though I use modern, updated tools for making, I adhere strictly to traditional Cremonese methods, inheriting the classical luthiers' experience. I sound the instrument to transfer its "feel", and my experience allows me to accurately gauge the wood and refine each gradation. Thus, by utilizing traditional technique and modern scientific findings in synthesis, a superior sound and performance arises that echoes that of antigue works. It is one favoured by most players.
The woods I employ are brilliantly flamed maple from Sichuan Province for the back, air-dried for over 15 years. For the top, I select from the spruce forests of Himalaya and Xinjiang's Altai mountains, also air-dried for over 15 years. The material is excellent, neither too hard nor too soft, with an elasticity admirably suited to creating a resonant instrument. The finished
work often results in a maple back striped like a tiger, and a spruce top of fine even grain.
I have personally selected all the materials with great discrimination, often just one from every hundred, then left them to dry for 15 years. As an alternative, you may select European maple for the back which is more than 20 years old, and aged spruce that is more than 100 years old.
I also offer a selection of varnishes to suit your preferences, all of which are aesthetically
elegant and tastefully applied.
Whether you are an aspiring soloist, professional ensemble member, renowned teacher, or rising student, I can create an instrument to satisfy and exceed your requirements. Please browse at your leisure, share with me what you are looking for in an instrument, and I do hope you'll consider being one of my many customers from all around the world.