The Romance & Reality of violin makers

About the show

We cover the lives of violin makers, their best parts and worst parts, yesterday and today. Historical stories, interviews with experts and makers in the field. Omobono Stradivari was the least liked son of his father, Antonio, he was remembered in Antonio's will as a screw up. He is our north star. We are all part of this. We all belong exactly here.

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  • Episode 30: Sell It To Me

    September 2nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  56 mins
    american made, cello, chris jacoby, luthier, made in the americas, omo, selling violins, two truths and a lie, viola, violin, violin making, violin shop

    How does a modern maker make money? What's the options for selling and how does one make it work? Chris Jacoby shares his years of experience making and selling, what has worked and what hasn't. We share lines we've used to make sales, and continue our segment: Two Truths and A Lie.

  • Episode 28: Hot! Bow! Action!

    August 5th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 2 mins
    american made, bow history, bow making, cello, conservation, french history. omo, french trade schools, luthier, matt wehling, viola, violin, violin shop

    When was the hot hot evolution of the bow? Rozie and Jerry bequeath the history of bowmaking in France, plus bow maker Matt Wehling delights us with his awewsomeness and schools us on works toward preservation of endangered bow materials.

    Stay tuned as Chris, Jerry, and Rozie play two truths and a lie.

  • Episode 27: Made in the Americas, part 2

    July 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  51 mins
    american made, cello, luthier, made in the americas, mexican luthier, mexican violins, omo, south american history, south american instruments, viola, violin, violin making, violin shop

    But how did violin making come to Mexico and South America? When European instrument making met indigenous American hands, what sprang from this? Join Rozie & Jerry for an interview with Jaime Gabriel, Mexican luthier and recent transplant to the states.

  • Episode 26: Made in the Americas

    June 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  53 mins 30 secs
    american made, cello, lutheria sobre ruedas, luthier, luthiery on wheels, made in the americas, omo, travel, viola, violin, violin making, violin shop

    Join us, Omosapiens, as we explore violin making in the greater continent, not just the states. Ben Hebbert chats with Rozie about some earliest known American Makers, and later luthier Damien Stoppani pauses his travels to tell us about Lutheria Sobre Ruedas - Luthiery On Wheels, and his travels along the continent in his bus.

  • Episode 25: That Baroque Life

    May 6th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  45 mins 48 secs
    bach cello suites, baroque, baroque cello, baroque music, baroque period, baroque violin set up, cellist, cello, juliana soltis, luthier, musician, omo, sarah peck, viola, violin, violin making, violin shop

    Join Chris, Jerry, and Rozie as they explore baroque style from both a luthiers perspective as well as a player's perspective. Special guests Sarah Peck walks us through her relationships with clients seeking to play in the baroque style, followed by an interview with Juliana Soltis, touring professional baroque cellist, exploring the different colors of sound created in this unique time period.

  • Episode 24: How Are You Coping

    April 15th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  42 mins 18 secs
    cello, coping, corona, covid-19, luthier, omo, stay safe, viola, violin, violin making, violin shop

    Across the globe, shops are closed, and work for musicians is difficult to find. Listeners contribute: how are we coping? Hosts Rozie, Chris, and Jerry update us.

  • Episode 23: Well This is No Joke

    April 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 43 secs
    cello, corona, covid-19, luthier, omo, plagues, safety, viola, violin, violin shop

    Chris and Rozie chat with Ben Hebbert about the state of our industry, facing Covid-19 pressures.

  • Episode 22: The Chemicals, Part 2 + Corona update

    March 16th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  49 mins 29 secs
    aniline dyes, cancer, cello, chemical safety, chemicals, corona, covid-19, luthier, medical advice, safety, social distancing, viola, violin, violin shop, virus, workbench
  • Episode 21: The Chemicals, Part 1

    March 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 4 mins
    aniline dyes, cancer, cello, chemical safety, chemicals, luthier, viola, violin, violin shop, workbench

    What kinds of chemicals are we exposed to in this industry, and how can we better protect ourselves? Join us for part 1 where we interview a young cancer survivor.

  • Episode 20: Pablo's Adventure a.k.a. Never trust Steve Sincere

    February 5th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  43 mins 30 secs
    cello, landofi, luthier, omo, steve sincere, theft, theft ring, viola, violin, violin shop, violin theft

    In the summer of 2015 a violin theft ring was operating in in the south eastern United States. Hear the story of how the arrest unfolded in Pablo Alfaro's shop.

  • Episode 19: Body Ruin

    December 11th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 2 mins
    bass, body ruin, body wear, cello, luthier, orchestra, pain, scars, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making

    What happens when the work you love endeavors to cripple you? How do luthiers maintain when the work they love is excruciatingly painful?

    Ryan Davidson and the legendary David Wiebe weigh in.

  • Episode 18: St. Omobono Confessionals at the VSA

    November 27th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  43 mins 28 secs
    bass, cello, confessional, luthier, orchestra, st. omobono, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making, violin society of america, vsa

    Chris, Jerry, and Rozie report on the Violin Society of American Convention in Dallas, luthiers confess to St. Omobono