Luthiers sans Frontières: Beyond the limits

Tchoupy and bass

Peter Somerford speaks to representatives of Luthiers sans Frontières

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When Haitian luthier Grafield Hylaris, also known as Tchoupy, started out fixing instruments over 15 years ago, he was resetting soundposts using forks and other kitchen utensils. Today, as one of the most highly skilled violin repairers in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, he has a fully equipped professional workshop, is teaching repair skills to students, has formed a lutherie association and is set to become head luthier at a dedicated school for instrument repair…

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