My Space: Birger Fredricson

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Gothenburg, Sweden

I started violin making in 1985 and became a full-time luthier ten years later. Before that I was quality director for the car firm Volvo, where I once built a violin-like soundbox for the materials department, for testing how different metals, cables and surfaces generated noise in their vehicles. I now make five or six violins per year at my home in central Gothenburg. As well as the symphony orchestra and opera, we have a music academy and quite a number of amateur ensembles in the city – and yet there are very few violin makers in this area that I’m aware of.

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