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  1. The following may be useful to students of history and those identifying lesser known instruments by maker or region of manufacture (This is written for a wide audience of varying age-level and experience) The violin world is highly Eurocentric; sometimes unreasonably so. This view can interfere with achieving the goals of makers, players, collectors and scholars. Over the last 45 years I have seen, heard, and handled many well made, very old string instruments in major North American museums. Most of those violins, violas, and cellos were made by unknown amateurs and forgotten professionals in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec; New England, Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, Tennessee and the Virginias. Some were made for playing folk music. Some were made to play Bach. Some played both. The quality of colonial workmanship by colonial-born craftspeople must never be discounted. The aforementioned colonial regions had sophisticated industries and music cultures in place long before Stradivari saw his first tree. Provenance plays a huge role in identifying any object. Some subject instruments have a long history of being located in Europe or the UK. However the home address of the actual instrument is irrelevant to identification - people and things move both ways across oceans for all sorts of reasons. Furthermore, knowing the specific wood species used in construction is no guarantee of an instrument's origin. Lumber exportation aside, we have had Acer platanaoides and Picea abies growing wild in North America for centuries - we call them Norway Maple and Norway Spruce. Plus, the growing conditions of trees (terroir) in the Appalachian Mountains, and the Canadian Shield is very close to that of the Alps, the Dolomites, and the Carpathian Mountains (as per topographical and weather maps). I can only comment on the history of North American lutherie because I live Canada and have travelled throughout the eastern USA. However, it is most likely that my observations also apply to regions in the Southern Latitudes. To conclude, many European violin scholars, makers and players hold to a Eurocentric view of the instrument, whether looking at the past, the present, or the future. They would be wise to broaden their geographical horizons. Sincerely, Randy O'Malley , proud offspring of immigrant Irish and Ukrainian peasants Lakeview, Ontario, CANADA
  2. The Southern Violin Association announces its first “MAKERS COMPETITION” which will take place April 20-24, 2017. This is open to violins only. The venue for this event will be at a conference facility in Black Mountain, North Carolina, about 15 miles east of the city of Asheville. · Violins must be less than 5 years old · Must not have received any previous awards · There will be a NOVICE award for a maker that has not yet completed more than 10 instruments · There will be a special award for a high-scoring violin by a maker from one of the states identified in our logo. · This competition is open to the public, but to participate, you will need to be, or become, a member of the association. · More than one violin may be entered, acceptance of a second instrument will depend on the total number of entrants. Rules and Application may be obtained from David Chandler, President, Southern Violin Association via email at davidwchandler@outlook.com or by writing to David Chandler, 201 Riverlinks Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714 USA.
  3. I have a friend maggie that plays fiddle for Runa,The Vicky Vaughn band and others and she would like some info on the maker of her fiddle. I have no pictures just the info she provided below. Anything you know about this maker would be so appreciated .Or if you know where I can look. "Here is the info for my fiddle. I have nothing on an original label, but I know it was hand made in China by Tausson Lee (not sure if I'm spelling that correctly). Here is the new label: The Heinrich Wilhelm Bohle Violin Created Exclusively for Rocky Mountain Violin Company Stanton Seibert Howe Helena, Montana Violin maker and repairer since 1968 Model Master Art Year May, 2000 Stanton Howe is a very good friend of mine. I've known him for about 21 years, and if I recall correctly, the Rocky Mountain Violin Company is his company, but I don't have any info on Tausson Lee. " Thank you she is a very sweet hardworking talented woman and a friend and I would love to at least get her a starting point. Thanks Kathy C in Ky
  4. FOR SALE: Used copy of "the British Violin" in very good condition This well known book was published by the British Violin Making Association to accompany the 1998 exhibition "400 years of violin and bow making in the British Isles". In addition to the superb photographs and instrument data, there is an excellent and informative historical section dealing with the major figures in the development of violin family instrument and bow makers. This is a used copy with some marks and yellowing on the cover but otherwise in very good condition. If you need any further description don't hesitate to contact me. The price of the book is £125 with free postage and packing within the UK and Royal Mail postage rates outside the UK.
  5. ARTICLE AS PDF http://www.iburkard.com/ETUDE1950.pdf I thought this would be nice short article to share from ETUDE of Jan 1950, "HOW TO CHOOSE A VIOLIN." There are some interesting images of small hairpin style lining clamps and other details that are fun to view and read. You can either load the PDF attachment, or download the individual pages here: INDIVIDUAL PAGES http://www.iburkard.com/page1.bmp http://www.iburkard.com/page2.bmp http://www.iburkard.com/page3.bmp http://www.iburkard.com/page4.bmp I am sorry that I have not been participating much, but I got married last year and have been using most of my woodworking skills to repair our 1930s home.