BBC Reports problems for Cremona Luthiers

Edited: July 10, 2020, 3:47 AM · I saw this on the BBC website this morning:

The dark future for the world’s greatest violin-makers

Makes for sad reading

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Edited: July 11, 2020, 11:59 AM · Sad indeed. Interesting to note that it says they were under pressure, even before the virus, due to market saturation.
July 10, 2020, 5:48 PM · Not meaning to be insensitive to the real hardships and difficulties being experienced by many in Cremona and elsewhere, I think the BBC article strays from objectivity and perhaps reality in some ways. "The world's greatest" to start? By what measure and whose judgement? Isn't that unfairly dismissive of the quality of work done elsewhere and simply sensational writing? Second, I think there are many less pleasant ways to live than in Italy, being a craftsperson skilled in a respected tradition.

COVID-19 isn't going to be forever.

Moreover, too many people doing something they love and finding the market and finances being limited is not unusual in music in general. From a violinist's perspective, the only thing needed for luthiers to thrive would be for violinists and other string musicians to have or make more money.

Finally, on a much more positive note, I think luthiers have much to be proud of in their recent accomplishments, and can look forward to more.

July 10, 2020, 7:27 PM · Maestronet has an interesting thread on this very subject by Luthiers and others.
It's probably more fact-based than something written for public consumption for the general public.

https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/346336-cremona-the-dark-future-take-2-on-cremona/

Edited: July 11, 2020, 2:39 AM · The title of the article in effect has greater emotional impact than, say, "Dark Future for Airlines", or for hotels, or for restaurants, yacht charter, car rentals, trade fairs, travel agents, etc ad infinitum.

The COVID has brought added prosperty only to liquor manufacture and sales, and Jeff Bezos.

July 11, 2020, 7:22 PM · Some of you might like Cremonese Luthier Edgar Russ’s YouTube posts during the CoVid outbreak. He has been visiting the shops of fellow luthiers and giving tours. They are a bit free form , but he seems like a really nice guy.


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