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Magnus Nedregård

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The chairman of the Norwegian Violin Makers’ Association discusses his 'making heroes'

The Hills' books set the benchmark that other violin making publications still attempt to match

My making heroes are W.E. Hill and his sons. I clearly remember my first encounter with the Hill books, in the library at the violin making school in Cremona. It was as if someone had switched the light on. I finally hit on the ‘real thing’ after rummaging through piles of books full of dubious theories. How sad the industry would be without the Hills. Their books set the benchmark that other violin making publications still attempt to match or surpass. They also introduced another level of effort and creativity to restoration. Although some of their hallmark techniques are not considered comme il faut any more, you can’t help admiring their craftsmanship.


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