Unvarnished Instruments: Team Building

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For luthiers, finely sourced white instruments may well be the perfect accessory – offering the double opportunity for varnishing practice and to sell less expensive models to students and those with shallower pockets. But, writes Peter Somerford, the issues of provenance and labelling are of utmost importance when marketing such ...

A young violinist visits the workshop of a local maker after hearing good things about her instruments. He likes what he sees, and tries out a few violins, but they’re beyond what he can afford. He’s about to leave disappointed when the maker brings out another instrument, a violin that she recently bought in the white, and has since varnished and set up in her workshop. The violin has the same high-quality finish and professional set-up as her handmade instruments, and to the player it looks good, sounds good, and crucially is within his price range.

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