"This Stradivarius needs a new front...
... you want to do it?"
This was what my colleague Melvin Goldsmith told me when he called me in February 2015. He had been asked to do the job, but as he told me, he had just taken on some important work which he wanted to focus on.
Making spare parts for very beautiful violins is the single best thing, only little behind a picnic with some friends and family on the Heath.
Yes, this was nearly two years ago. The violin is now finished and the London auctioneers Ingles & Hayday found it a new owner across the Atlantic - time for sharing a few photos.
This project was unique, it was a 1701 Stradivari that needed attention. And it needed quite a bit: it's original scroll and front had been lost for good and the replacement parts that had been made for it about a hundred years ago were dull in appearance and sound, thus making a sale rather unlikely. Besides that, the back and the ribs needed to be restored.
Challenge and responsibility were immense, I decided to team up with some very accomplished colleagues: the restorers Tomoko Murai and Damien Sainmont for the restoration of ribs and back and my colleague Stephan Von Baehr for sharing the huge challenge of making of front and scroll together with me.