"My Hess violin is a wonder and has dazzled me from day one with its looks and sound. Barely four weeks after it was built, I played it in a public recital and many people thought I play on a Del Gesu. This violin displays an earthy, powerful depth of tone in the lower register and a searing sweetness on the E string. It has a remarkable projection and quick response which makes it a joy to play. I encourage any player to try his instruments."