The first violin I made

I completed my first violin on 24 May 2016. It took me three and a half years, working two days a week at the violin workshop run by master luthier Louis Caporale. It is the first of what I hope will be at least ten to fifteen violins I will make (I can’t imagine that at 82 years of age I will live to make make more). It is still new so the sound has not yet matured. When it does I hope the sounds it makes will be at least satisfying.

The violin is a copy of a violin made by Ferdinando Garimberti in 1947, but with f holes from a Stradivarius 1727.

I named the violin “Masumi” after my wife and I dedicated it to my mother Isabella who instilled in me a love of music.

See also an earlier post about my violin-making, “81 year old violin-maker’s lifetime dream” (April 19, 2016).


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