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As a violin maker I see myself as an artisan who still personally handcrafts each instrument from beginning to end, bringing forth in this creative process something that didn’t exist before.
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Restoring an old instrument is quite different from building a new one, for it involves bringing back a given state without leaving any traces.
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Musicians need the perfect “tool“, one that they can depend on in any situation.
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To work with material and form and to explore their limitations – these are things that have always fascinated me…
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Each instrument has an aesthetic, a tonal, and a technical aspect, and these must be in harmony with each other. If the instrument is technically inadequate, the musician will struggle; if it has tonal deficiencies, the musician has no chance; if it lacks aesthetic qualities, we find it disturbing if nothing else.
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Violin maker Franz Übelhör and violin maker Johanna de Hoop.
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It's always exciting when your instrument is played for the first time.