Good Luthier in Paris
Could anyone recommend a good luthier in Paris. I will be there next month and I would like to take my violin for check up.
"My" luthier is Bernard Sabatier, 45 rue de Rome, but there are a dozen others in the same street!
Next time, Adrian, you can try: "La classe c'est ne pas de l'eau".
Stephan von Baehr is located in Paris. He has a very good reputation.
You can always book an appointment with Vatelot-Rampal, still one of the most well reputed and famous ateliers in the world (If in Berlin try my usual go-to Kogge-Gateau).
Hi Adrian, do you still play that viola d'amore? Or any other renaissance-era instruments? I would love to find some Early Music enthusiasts I can talk with!
Bernard Sabatier gave me the best sound adjustment I've ever had, in five minutes. When I walked in, no appointment, I tried to explain in French that I may not be able to discuss luthier stuff in French. He replied, in English, "Nobody's perfect!" The visit was totally satisfactory and pleasant.
My new viola from M. Sabatier is inspired by Gasparo's so-called "lyra viola" in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK. Like the lira da braccio, it has a recessed button, only two corners (on the lower bouts), almost no waistline (like me), and wide but rounded shoulders. Apart from that it is a real viola, with a deep contralto tone.