BBC Reports problems for Cremona Luthiers
I saw this on the BBC website this morning:
The dark future for the world’s greatest violin-makers
Makes for sad reading
Sad indeed. Interesting to note that it says they were under pressure, even before the virus, due to market saturation.
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.
Maestronet has an interesting thread on this very subject by Luthiers and others.
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.
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.