Kono violins are expertly hand crafted made in Tokyo, Japan. They are shipped to the U.S. where a beautiful antique varnish is applied and where they are meticulously set-up. Their powerful, crisp, and responsive tones make them one of the best violins available under $3,000.00. Suitable for the skilled soloist, many professionals such as Joshua Bell, Robert Lipsett and Michelle Kim have owned Kono violins. With its praise from professionals, exceptional sound and affordability, the Hiroshi Kono violin is an ideal option for the advancing violinist.