My violins travel more than me!
April 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM
When a violin comes to life is always an event, a little event. I spend two months of my life working on each violin: I choose the materials, I build every single detail, deciding its shape; I listen to its sound and the noises of my tools while carving and rubbing down.
So the violin comes to life, “He” becomes a separate entity, an individual reality with his own unique characteristics, for better or for worse. I prefer placing the violin, the viola or the cello directly into the musician’s hands, being able to share this moment with the instrument. I want to be present to this meeting, but unfortunately this isn’t always possible, like for this violin: just few days old, he’s now travelling to Washington where, I’m sure, he’ll receive all the attentions he deserves...But probably I won’t see him again!
It may seem weird, but I regularly see many of my sold instruments: I take care of their maintenance, observing their growth, their evolutions, deciding the right set up with the musician who plays them…I keep in touch with them…
However, of many others, I loose track very rapidly. I imagine them to be independent, brave, in good hands and sometimes I even get some news about them from unexpected voices.
Good luck, Violin, live your life!
Diary of a Country Violin Maker
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