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I had the privilege today of visiting and photographing some of the instruments on display and for sale at the Players Meet Makers event put on by The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. It took place at Lincoln Center. Since most of you live a lot farther away from this event than me (3 blocks away) I wanted to post these images so you could get a taste of these magnificent works of craftsmanship and artistry. The images are unprocessed except for size. Please forgive the lighting in some of the photos, I used what was available. I will be adding photos throughout the evening. Your comments and observations are always interesting. Which instruments catch your eye? The makers were very nice and helpful and I even ran into some old friends and new. Good times. David Bonsey told me the last time this exhibit was in NY was maybe 15 years ago so I feel lucky to have caught this one. I was sort of in a hurry to get through the exhibition and only now seeing the photos can I really appreciate how amazing these instruments are. If you identify any errors in attribution or violin/viola, please comment and I will edit accordingly. Also, many makers had multiple instruments and I only had time today to photograph one of each. Some makers had left by the time I was photographing. David Bonsey, President of The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers
I just wanted to share with everyone that there is a pre-publication subscription offer for ordering The American Violin Book before Friday, March 4th. If you order by then and use the discount code "DISC16" you get $50 off and your name will be printed in the book as a subscriber. Please follow this link for the website to look into the book and order: www.theamericanviolin.org -Thomas