The Library of Congress plans to raise $1.5 million for the purchase, which will be part of a new center for the study of the American violin, NPR said. Some of the makers represented in Bromberg's collection, acquired during his travels over the last 50 years, include George Gemünder, Simone Fernando Saconi, and Walter Solon Goss.
Bromberg, 70, is a musician known for his eclectic style and versatility, playing guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin, pedal steel guitar and vocals. He's performed with famous musicians such as Willie Nelson, Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan, and he co-wrote The Holdup with George Harrison.
Bromberg also is a trained luthier who has run a fine violin shop for more than 10 years. According to his website, Bromberg grew exhausted of logistics of the music business and "I decided to change the direction of my life." In 1980, he moved to Chicago and attended the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making (now the Chicago School of Violin Making), and in 2002 he and his wife, Nancy Josephson, moved to Wilmington, Del., where they established David Bromberg Fine Violins, a retail store and repair shop for fine instruments. Many of the violins in the collection are in a vault there, and others are displayed in his Wilmington home.
Bromberg's latest album, Only Slightly Mad is a mix of blues, bluegrass, gospel, folk, Irish fiddle tunes, pop and English drinking songs that he recorded in 2013.
As for his violin collection, "The fact that there will be all of them in the Library of Congress — they'll all still be together, they'll all be available for study," he told NPR. "It's the only memorial that hundreds of American violin-makers are going to have."
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