I've been reading this discussion board with interest and had some questions that I hoped someone might be able to assist with. I will be visiting London / Cremona end of this year and am looking to purchase a new violin.
Are there any particular luthiers I could visit while in London? I'll be visiting J&W Beare to try the Grenier and their other instruments, but I wondered if there are other places I could try. I had previously visited Bishop Strings, Regent Street.
Further, has anyone tried any instruments by Marcello Ive in Cremona? I tried his instruments the last time I was there and was most impressed, but I can't seem to find much information on this forum or elsewhere. I tried a number of instruments by other makers while in Cremona, including those under the Consorzio Liutai, but his stood out the most for me. It just seems curious to me that there is not much information about him available!
I also recall (from conversations with Milan/Cremona-based luthiers that they were busy preparing for strings exhibitions which showcase instruments made by many luthiers across the world. Apparently there was one in Cremona and another in China - does anyone know about this? I can't seem to find any information about it. Do you think attending one of these exhibitions would be helpful in my search of a violin? At least in terms of exposure.
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