Wonderful Video on American Violins
A new Library of Congress interview of David Bromberg and his collection. Many examples with beautiful instruments.
Really interesting, Thomas. Thanks for sharing this.
Thank you :) nice video
What, no violins by James R. Carlisle from Cincinnati?
I didn't see my Asa White either. But I think David said he was concentrating on the Chicago area in that video.
Thanks Tom for ponting this wonderful video out. I have had an American violin as my principle instrument for a long time and although I might be somewhat biased, think that it is comparable to any of the fine Italians out there. Is it fair for me to make that statement never having played one of them Gags or Guads or Strads?
Jeff, not only is it a fair statement, but it's vacuously true! Likewise my Polish-made violin is just as good as all the Strads, Bergonzis, and del Gesu's that I've tried. It all comes down to how you phrase it.
Paul, Paul, Paul... -L- as a matter of fact, both of my current instruments sound better than the Strad I had years ago. I made a hundred bucks on the Strad, after the cost at the flea market, and what Johnny down at "Johmmy Spanaezzi's Violins and Insurance Adjustment" charged me for strings and a bridge.
I did get to play my American-made Strad copy (1715-Emperor, I think) and my Spanish-made Strad-copy (long-pattern, I think) in the back room of my luthier's when he had a 1798 Stradivarius there and an Andrea Guarnerius. So I did get to make the comparisons.
1798 Andrew? 1698 maybe? :- )
I live in Shanghai, and found a Taiwanese violin maker who has done years of research on tone production...and his violins are amazing. At the exhibition here last year, there was a Strad and Del Gesu being shown and played on in the Beare &sons booth, located very close to mine. And I can tell you that this guys violins, (his name is Frank Lee), were pretty hard to distinguish tonally from those great Italian instruments. I now am playing one of his instruments...and would not trade it for anything!!
Hey John, do you know Tim Jett? I knew him in Japan and he moved to Shanghai, opened some restaurants and I think he is doing very well.