Violin maker, violin setup, repairs & restorations.
Glen builds violins, in addition to repairing and restoring existing string instruments in order to their original playing condition. This can include correctly setting up your instrument to maximize its full potential, to replacing a warped fingerboard, or re-gluing parts of the instrument that have come loose.
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Set-Up – several precise adjustments can improve the quality of your instrument’s sound. For example, a well-carved bridge made from high quality maple is critical: the primary transmitter of vibrations from the strings to the violin’s soundbox, the bridge needs to be of the right height and thickness for each instrument. Other setup considerations include soundpost adjustment or replacement, peg sizing, string and fittings replacement.
Repairs & Restorations – over time, instruments can suffer several types of damage, from table and peghole cracks to varnish wear, even exposure to the elements. These issues can be resolved, with careful examination of the problem, leading to an effective restoration solution.
I greatly enjoy the creative process. Every step has its particular joys and challenges, each leading in a cumulative way to the finished violin. I tend to approach each instrument as though I were making for myself; that is, I build with meticulous care, passion and precision. In addition, these practices have worked well for me when doing setups and repairs, as precision measurements and careful carving are necessary for a successful job.
Currently, I have been constructing my violins based on two of Antonio Stradivari’s instruments from his ‘golden period’. First is the ‘Titian’ violin of 1715, and; second, the famous ‘Gibson, Huberman’ violin of 1713, the original owned and performed by Joshua Bell. My templates are constructed based on these instruments, and the top and belly of each violin are subsequently measured and thicknessed according to the originals.
My newest model is an exceptional violin based on the instruments of Peter Guarneri, also known as ‘Peter of Venice’. He masterfully combined the traditions of both Cremona and Venice in his violins. And, not only does his works exhibit some of the finest quality from an artistic standpoint, but in comparison to his contemporary Venetian makers, his tend to exhibit the finest sound characteristics.
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