Adventures in Electro-Lutherie

Video of violin lighting effects.

I’ve just posted my first video on my YouTube channel to show an example of the special lighting effects I install in some of my Tubular Electric Violins... still photos just can’t convey the visual impact of moving lights. Oh, and there’s a spark-thrower on this one too!

WARHORSE onstage with Rufus Wainwright!

Check out this YouTube clip of violinist Joel Zifkin playing a WARHORSE violin at the Montreal Jazz Festival, live onstage with Rufus Wainwright!


The first CD featuring WARHORSE has been released!

The first CD featuring my WARHORSE violin has been released, and shows how this violin’s tone shines right through distortion and other effects! It’s titled “Home” and is Michael Shulman’s first fully-produced studio album. Michael used WARHORSE violin #1 for all the lead violin parts on every track of the CD (and my 5-string “Black Dragon” for the rhythm violin parts). To listen to clips of every track and download three complete tracks for free, go to the store on his website and scroll down to “Home (2012)”.

Home Front Cover

Oh, and some trivia: I did some of the backing vocals in track 1; and play flute in track 4, pipe organ in tracks 7 and 10, and accordion in track 8. Happy

Atomic Gracie's "Iced Passion" custom violin.

Check out these awesome close-ups of Atomic Gracie's E. F. Keebler violin, “Iced Passion”! She’ll be playing at the Vintage Voltage expo in Denver on March 25.


From anodizing to powder-coating.

Anodizing turned out to be a real mixed bag, largely due to the sloppy subcontractor I was using but also due to the translucency of the finish: any tiny scuffs left over from hand-finishing after machining could be seen upon close examination of the finish on some of the parts. So it was back to the drawing board - and after a LOT of additional effort, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m now offering WARHORSE violins with beautiful powder-coated finishes, and the first one (in gloss black) is already available at Electric Violin Shop. This new type of finish has a wonderfully even color everywhere it’s applied, is opaque and so hides any finishing scuffs, and is available in an astonishingly wide array of colors. I’m starting with gloss black and metallic silver, and branching out from there...