We oftentimes chat about who the current top violin makers are, based on the famous violinists who are performing on their instruments. The list of makers rarely changes, with names starting with Z., N., S., V., S&G, etc., and winners of gold at the VSA competition always making the list.
My question is more about new emerging makers (notice, the word "new", and not "young" since some makers start violinmaking as a second career) that we haven't seen previously listed on violinist.com.
Any wonderful experiences or surprises to share? Discovered any new talents that the rest of us should consider? Would be great to find a fine instrument before the maker becomes famous and prices skyrocket, or where the waiting time for a commissioned instrument is months, rather than years.
Thanks for any thoughts! (This is a case where "hear-say" is good.)
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