From The February 2008 issue of Strings Magazine:
Snow Stringed Instruments has added the SIMONA VIOLIN (the name is Italian for ‘one who listens’) to its top JHS line. Offered in Strad & Guarneri models, the Simona is lightly antiqued compared to the distressed look of some of Snow’s less expensive student instruments. The top is made of aged German or Italian spruce and the back is made of the best-quality Chinese maple. All Simona and other JHS instruments are finished by Xueping (William) Hu, master of the Snow workshop. Hu does the sound adjustments and varnishing. The Simona uses a combination of oil varnish over spirit varnish, which is designed to bring out the best combination of tone and easy playability.
“We have been selling Snow instruments for eight years and have been consistently impressed with the high quality of workmanship. The tone is even and powerful and the models are attractive at all price levels. Snow violins from our shop have been sold to a wide variety of players--from beginners to talented students from conservatories to orchestra musicians. We congratulate Snow String Instruments on their achievement!”
David Segal Violins
“I feel very lucky to have found my Snow violin. Because it was so affordable, I was finally able to own an instrument of great quality, which I can use for my performance.”
-Stani Dimitrova, Julliard student
“I was extremely nervous about buying a new violin as I am an amateur player and I was shopping at the very lowest price range. I am very very happy with my new Snow violin. It feels perfect in weight and balance and it sounds exactly as I had only hoped a new violin would.”