Dutch Violin

Work in progress

Making violins isn’t easy.
Making good violins is even harder.
An excellent violin is a real work of art.

Perhaps that explains why the design of classical violins has remained virtually unchanged during the past 400 years. Violinists, and violin makers, regard it as something sacrosanct.

But about 50 years ago, I started to wonder why we can’t use modern materials, modern design ideas and modern production techniques to make excellent new violins to meet the needs of modern players.
People want different things from a violin nowadays than they did in the 17th century.

They have all kinds of new requirements, such as “Where do I put the pickup element in an electric violin?”
“How can I get an electric violin to play with an acoustic sound?”
or “I want a five-stringed fiddle”.
It would seem like sacrilege to do that kind of thing to an excellent classical violin.

1966
2014

Work in progress

Making violins isn’t easy.
Making good violins is even harder.
An excellent violin is a real work of art.

1966
2014

Perhaps that explains why the design of classical violins has remained virtually unchanged during the past 400 years. Violinists, and violin makers, regard it as something sacrosanct.

But about 50 years ago, I started to wonder why we can’t use modern materials, modern design ideas and modern production techniques to make excellent new violins to meet the needs of modern players.
People want different things from a violin nowadays than they did in the 17th century.

They have all kinds of new requirements, such as “Where do I put the pickup element in an electric violin?”
“How can I get an electric violin to play with an acoustic sound?”
or “I want a five-stringed fiddle”.
It would seem like sacrilege to do that kind of thing to an excellent classical violin.