A reader takes issue with luthier and prolific contributor Arthur Broadley, and his views on the work of northern maker Walter H. Mayson which he made known in the previous edition
SIR,––The long and diffuse letter of your correspondent, Mr. Arthur Broadley, in this month’s STRAD is a fair example of the infallibility of these learned gentlemen whose names, or assumed names, so often appear in your correspondence columns, and who lay down the law on questions of fiddles and fiddle-makers, past and present, with a delightfully serene confidence in their own wisdom and knowledge.
I am not greatly interested in the question Broadley has raised as to the thicknesses of Strad or other great fiddles; and judging from the scanty replies of which Mr. Broadley complains, it has been pretty well left to himself to answer his own questions, which he appears to have been prepared to do beforehand…
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