Buying a violin from the Cremona International Violin making School
I was wondering if it is possible to buy a violin from the students of the "Cremona International Violin making School". I guess they must be also producing fine violins that are worth something, perhaps some of the students will even become well-known Luthiers in future.
I have sent to the school a mail but no one has answered. I have searched on internet but found nothing conclusive.
Does any of you know anything about it? What do they do with the violins they produce during the practices?
It's hard to believe they would use their students' violins for kindling.
A set of organ pipes is harder to give to a charity.
I would have thought that the master luthier would try each instrument and if any had potential would sell them for the school as a whole. Therefore you may get a decent instrument, but would still probably pay well into the thousands, anything made in Cremona is worth an arm and a leg, no harm trying though.
Unless things have changed recently, the Cremona violin making school, being a State institute and not a business, cannot sell any of the instruments made there.
What happens to them?
I just called Giorgio Scolari, who was principal at the school for decades and only recently retired, to get the answer straight from him.
Thank you for that, Dimitri.
Rosemary, when I graduated in 1982 it was a four-year course. On the average each student completed 2-4 instruments, usually including a viola or a cello. About half of the hours each week were dedicated to workshop, and the others to theory, language (English), history, violin playing, physics, etc.
Depends on price, of course, not mentioned yet in this thread.
hey! I was wondering too....