Its All Details!!! There must be a million of them, they are so small! From exactly how the tree is harvested and handled to selective localized polishing of the dark amber topcoat of varnish thats been curing for the last 6 weeks …better still 2 months, depending on the time of year and whether we are in New York or Madrid … More
The steps or method used to construct an instrument depend entirely on the “school” of the model being made. Since my personal interest is in the Italian sound of 1550-1750 I use the methods employed by the three leading schools of that era – Brescia, Cremona and Venice. The Cremonese method almost always involved the use of an inside form or mold as introduced by Andrea Amati. The Brescians, on the other hand, rarely used More
Lucky and happy to know such an enthusiastic man as Daniel, I availed myself of this opportunity to ask him some more questions about his work.
Daniel gave me so much information, such detailed answers, that I decided to split them up in three blogpost. Feel free to visit his facebook page www.facebook.com/danielhoffmanluthier !
So, in this blogpost (Part I), Daniel explains you why he likes the collaboration with the musicians and describes what sort of woods he uses to build his instruments. More
What makes a good violin, cello or viola? What makes a Stradivari or a Guadagnini that special? Who better than a luthier could answer these questions? We asked the American luthier Daniel Hoffman * ! More