A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: May 2023 issue
For years I have been angered by news stories concerning damage to stringed instruments by the airlines. Now the boot is on the other foot! A customer browsing in an instrument shop saw a cello that I made in 2016 with one of my fellow luthiers and took it out on trial. There is now a three-inch crack in the back, consistent with the cello being dropped or knocked over in its case. The sad part is that before returning the instrument to the shop, the player took it to an unknown party for repair, without my consent or that of the dealer, and then returned it without him noticing the damage. I now have no choice but to file an insurance claim and make a new back for this cello…
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