I was wondering if contemporary violin makers have secrets. I assume that all modern makers learn their art by either going to a school or serving as an apprentice. Everything they learn comes from a long tradition and I imagine whatever there is to know is available to all that are talented, persistent, resourceful, and inquisitive. The makers that rise to the top and win the awards are perhaps the most talented or accomplished. What I am trying to find out is does Zygmuntowicz know something that Alf, Borman, or Burgess does not know? Can they all make instruments that are comparable; or do differences occur because of differences in taste of philosophy? Do makers have secret recipes that distinguish the sound of their violin from others?
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