Luis and Clark Instruments

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There are many benefits to choosing a Luis and Clark carbon-fibre instrument.   Carbon-fibre possesses an innate resistance to changes in temperature and humidity, unlike wood which is prone to warp and break due to environmental fluctuations, a problem all to familiar for musicians who travel with their instruments!  There's little concern in taking a Luis and Clark instrument abroad, nor is a change of bridge necessary during changes of season.  Carbon-fibre is also stronger than steel, resulting in an instrument that's far less prone to break…yet another benefit for touring musicians whose instruments are often knocked around in storage.    Fitted with mechanical "guitar style" pegs, the instruments are easy to tune and will stay in tune for longer than traditional pegs.  The instruments are also more ecologically sustainable due to their low use of pine, maple and ebony.  

Most importantly, the sound is exquisite.

Luis & Clark instruments are so impressive even famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been quoted saying “The Luis & Clark cello offers fascinating possibilities for instrumental and musical exploration".  Many who try the instruments are astounded by the depth and richness of the tone, as well as the many practical benefits detailed above.

The Luis and Clark range was borne of soloist Luis Leguia's (pictured) desire to create the ultimate cello for his performances.  Frustrated with the lack of projection achievable with wooden cellos, it occurred to him that maybe a cello made of carbon-fibre could achieve the enormous resonance and projection he dreamed of, whilst retaining the beautiful sonorous tone of a wooden instrument.  Fortunately for the multitude of Luis & Clark owners around the world, he was right! Not only did the instrument produce an astonishing sound, it was also nearly indestructible compared to wooden instruments.

The impeccable quality of Luis & Clark's instruments isn't only due to the innovative design, but also the meticulously precise production process.  Each instrument is handmade, measured and weighed repeatedly throughout production to ensure consistency and quality.  A highly skilled luthier sets up each instrument traditionally before they leave the workshop.

Please allow 2 weeks for delivery. We will keep you informed as to the progress of your order. If instruments are not in stock, we can order them and they are usually shipped from the States on Mondays and arrive with us the same week.

Please contact us on 029 20 22 77 61 for further information or send your enquiry to cardiffviolins@btconnect.com.


Testimonials

"Regarding the Luis and Clark - I am really impressed, it is perfect for someone in my situation, it sounds great, is weather durable, rugged, but still plays like a similarly priced wooden instrument, and I have to say, looks cool on stage for jazz and rock.

I always thought it was retail jargon that if you buy a better instrument, your playing will improve to match it, but so far, I am finding at least my practice has improved immensely, I can now play without the limitations of my student Cello, and I've managed to resurrect a few pieces I'd given up on as not being able to play well. The resonation is so much better, and it is much easier to get a good sound, I am extremely happy with the instrument I now have."

Danielle Bruckert

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“My Luis and Clark has a marvelous sound and plays easily.”

Philip Heyman, Principal Violist of the Welsh National Opera

 



'My Luis & Clark Cello'
"I really enjoyed my day out at Cardiff Violins trying many cellos with varying prices.  This particular one I found had a very deep and lush tone. I got to know this cello very easily and found it very easy to adapt to the shape, even though it is quite different to what I had before. I also thought it was very comfortable. This is because there are no ribs around the edge and none around the top either. I managed to get a nice constant loud tone even at the higher range of this cello with both fast and slow melodies and a steady mellow sound in the deeper range. I also find that it is hard not to comment on the amazing patterning on this instrument - after all it is very unique and different from other cellos. The carbon fibre gives this fascinating diamond pattern and dark mysterious colour. I am looking forward to having many worldwide adventures with my cello!"

Genevieve Phillips


My experience with Cardiff Violins began with my quest to buy another cello. I already owned a lovely old cello which was totally restored many years ago and I was now looking for a second cello which would widen my scope of sound and repertoire. I had heard very good feedback about the Luis & Clark cellos, so I contacted Luis & Clark in Milton, Boston USA and they kindly sent me a comprehensive pack of information, DVDs etc.

Following further correspondence with Stephanie Leguia (Luis & Clark) she recommended that I contacted Cardiff Violins in Wales to see if they could arrange for me to try one of the cellos. My first call to Cardiff Violins was answered by the delightful Cecile Limon who answered further questions I had regarding the Luis & Clark cello and carbon fibre instruments and said she would order one from Luis and Clark that I could try - without any obligation to purchase. True to her word, Cecile contacted me a short while later and said the cello had arrived. I arranged to travel to Cardiff with my wife and stay overnight at the Angel Hotel which is almost next to Cardiff Violins.

On the day of our visit to the shop we were greeted at the door by Katja. Cecile then greeted us and said she had arranged for Katja, the shop’s cellist, to spend the rest of the day with us. My first impressions of Cardiff Violins were of a feeling of tremendous warmth from Cecile and Katja in a very relaxed atmosphere. We were then taken by Katja to a room which had been set up to try the instrument.

Soon I was introduced to The Luis & Clark cello by Katja, which I must admit looked stunning– but as always playing and hearing the cello is what it is all about. I was not disappointed – the response; volume, ease of playing and quality of sound projected from the cello is very impressive. A really beautiful instrument. I then met Chris King, who although very busy in the workshop, spent time with me discussing the instrument, strings, and the importance of a good set up to the performance of an instrument. I next needed a new light weight case for the cello, Katja and Magdalena (shop violinist) again helped me choose the right case.

The next day we returned to the shop to collect the new cello and case and say our farewells to our new friends we had made – Cecile, Chris, Katja and Magdalena who had made our visit to Cardiff Violins a very enjoyable experience which I would highly recommend to anyone.

Chris Hawnt, Cellist, South Devon UK


Cardiff Violins could not have been more helpful when I decided to purchase a Luis and Clarke Carbon Fibre Violin. I was an adult returning to music after a twenty year absence and Cécile was wonderfully patient and helpful in swiftly answering my endless questions. The violin looks absolutely beautiful is a pleasure to play. The exquisite tone it produces flatters the player and even my most skeptical wooden violin aficionado friends have been converted upon playing it. I particularly enjoy their incredulity at the extremely high quality sound for the comparatively low price. Cardiff Violins took care of the importation of the violin from Luis & Clarke and offered invaluable advice on the purchase of a suitable case, rest and carbon fibre bow. If my playing of this gorgeous instrument ever matches the customer service I experienced when I purchased it, I will have exceeded my wildest dreams!

Orla Mooney, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland