Looking for very good violin making/repair schools in the UK and or Europe
I have just brought an Hopf violin which has damage to the scroll/neck area, and yes I know it could be by one of many Hopf family members.
I am interested in sending it to a violin making/repair school, preferably in the UK but would also consider Europe.
LOOKING FOR THE BEST OUT THERE.
Can anyone here recommend the very best schools here in the UK and or Europe.
Why a school and not an established luthier, of whom there are many?
Don't know about best: https://www.south-thames.ac.uk/courses/musical-instrument-making-and-repair.html
It occurs to me that since a violin making/repair school would doubtless be run as a business it would make sense for its charges to be comparable to those by an established luthier.
Mark, if you are "looking for the best out there", you'd probably be looking for not only someone with solid training, but also years of experience beyond their initial training.
Trevor: I doubt that a violin sent to a school for repair would be charged at the same rate as an established luthier, as it would no doubt be repaired 'under supervision' by a student.
Mittenwald? - German violin, german school...
Mark, some really fine people have come out the Mittenwald school, the Cremona school, the Newark school, as well as the three major American schools. To the best of my knowledge, the Chicago school is the only one which specifically devotes time to training in repair.
You should try the Cambridge violin makers shop in Cambridge UK. I went there in the early 90's for one week in summer for 5 years and made my own violin. It was an amazing experience, I learned so much, they have wonderful lectures too ( or they did). You can find them on face book ( Cambridge violin makers).I fully recommend them.
More likely than not the students would botch the repair job, bad idea.
Thanks to everyone for your comments and suggestions, most appreciated.
I bought this Hopf for £60 at auction in 2016. It had an open crack below the treble F hole. I took out the sound post, squeezed in some yellow glue (Lyndon faints) and piled heavy stuff on top. It was the first violin I ever owned that sounded like a violin rather than a tin can! My niece (a fiddler) now has it and won't give it up! Moral is, if you didn't pay much don't sweat it!
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