New and young violin makers?
Do you know new and/or young violin makers, for example, that are new in the business? If so, can you please list some?
I know a guy... He is young and very very handsome (haha)... You can consider him new to the business of Violin Making because he just finished his 1st Violin a couple weeks ago... His name is Mathew Atria ;)
I recommend Mark Langdale Hough, of Guilford, CT. He did very fine repair work on a 95-yo violin I have (fixed several cracks and installed a new block, then set it up beautifully). While in his shop I tried a violin he made...truly exquisite, it made me sound as if I could actually make good sounds with a violin. I'm in awe.
Patrick Toole of Roanoke Virginia. Toole Studios on Facebook. Makes nice violins and violas, which are sold at dealers such as Davidson Violins.
i know a guy, his name is mathrew atria hahahaha
Anyway, what was the purpose of this thread?
For you to advertise Mathew.
Well if that's the case...I'm located in Long Island, New York! Open for commission on Violins and willing to start right away :)
I can imagine that the purpose of the thread was so that the OP could maybe fetch himself a nice-sounding well-playing bench-made violin for a lower price since many makers just starting out do good work but can't yet command the same price as those who have several prestigious awards to their credit. Seems like a reasonable thread topic to me.
Go for it Mathew :D
If that is the case it's definitely a great topic. I look forward to the day I get my first commissioned work for a Violin. :)
Dereck Coons of the Tampa Violin Shop is a master luthier. His violins exceed those that sell for much more. Price and value are completely disconnected when it comes to fine violins. For me, as a violinist, it's all about the sound. No sense in spending a fortune on an old Italian violin with a pedigree name when you can get a far better sound out of a new, modern instrument. Even world class violinists cannot tell the difference in sound between a Strad or a del Gesu and a fine modern violin in blindfold tests!
I feel the ground shaking ...
How about not extremely new, fairly old, but relatively unknown?
As in Don Noon who does acoustic research and has won best violin and tone awards? : )
If I said "yes" that would be promotional... so I won't.
At least Don understands the rules against self promotion!!
A new member asked for upcoming new makers so it doesnt hurt to recommend an older maker here!
Alexander, there is no such thing as a "master luthier" in the US, unless one has been designated as such by the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, or has a Master's Degree from the Mittenwald School in Germany. Both are highly respected amongst their fiddlemaking peers. Any other "masters" designations are most likely self-bestowed, and might mean something, or not.
I would recommend Ednei Zuccati now living in Malta but he gets commissions from anywhere.