One day he came into my shop, randomly picked up a bow and played about ten notes on it. 'It's mine,' he said. 'But Mr Heifetz,' I said, 'that's a cello bow!''

'He was a deep thinking man. He would tell me, 'Hans, it's very lonely at the top. And you pay a high price to get there'.'

Los Angeles luthier Hans Benning remembers violinist Jascha Heifetz, who during the last ten years of his life visited Benning Violins for maintenance on his 1740 Guarneri 'del Gesù' violin, forming a strong friendship in the process.

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