Violin Addicts Anonymous – a website for those of us who were bitten by the violin bug, who were seduced by Stradivari and Guarneri, and now are smitten by any one of 1000 makers from Andrea Amati up to the luthier down the street. So if you think that violins have more personality than most of the people you know, or if you’re actively trying to invent a time machine so you could walk the streets of Cremona anywhere between 1680 and 1750, or if you think that Paris’ greatest contribution to the world was made in Tourte’s workshop, well, you’ll probably find a few kindred spirits here. Feel free to look around a bit, sign up for a free subscription to give you access to everything, and leave a comment on a page or two.
- Master luthier Garth Lee has sent his last picture of the viola. It is completed, delivered, and happily being played by its new owner, the principal violist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra!! Check it out in the Violin Build tab. In the next few weeks we’ll get a chance to put it in the photo booth and it will be posted in “The Drool Zone”!
- Our latest violin is a Paul Knorr – a beautiful German violin from the 1930’s. So get your drool cups and take a look at a variety of great violins, from great modern violins, to great Strad’s!
- Also coming in the next few weeks – a beautiful violin by Thomas Eberle, and a violin by the important Turin maker, Joseph Rocca.
Check out some really great instruments in “The Drool Zone”! We try to spend some time having fun in the photo booth and the practice room with a different violin every month or so, including this spectacular Landolfi on the left. We’ll be continually adding to this page, trying to bring a real variety of violins for you to see. The pictures look great, and check out the “spin” video on each violin to give you a real 3D feel for each instrument.
Anybody want to venture a guess? We’re going to try and put up a few instruments with unknown origins. Of course, everybody likes a partner with a nice, clean, and known history. But mystery can be more than a little attractive too! These instruments sound really great, as good as many “A rate” fiddles with hefty price tags. We give our opinions on them. Feel free to agree or disagree, and tell us why. Take a look, and if you have ideas, let us know.
Watch a piece of wood go from lumber to living as luthier Garth Lee posts pictures of progress on his latest viola. Garth is posting several pictures a week, showing how a string instrument progresses through the build process. Whether you are an interested observer, or looking for a few trade secret to help with your own projects, A Violin Build is a fascinating insight into the work of a meticulous craftsman.
The only DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME part of this site, Violin Surgery takes us through some of the more common repairs that string instruments go through to stay in prime condition for over 300 years. These are some really interesting pages, but it’s a job best left to the professionals. That said, seeing them work is really amazing!