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 41: The Egg and I, and Antoine

    December 15th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  58 mins 6 secs
    antiquing, antoine nedelec, cello, chicago school of violin making, luthier, varnish, viola, violin, violin making, violin school, violin shop

    Rozie and Jerry talk with the executive director of the Chicago School of Violinmaking, Antoine Nedelec.

  • Episode 40: Family: Oberlin

    November 18th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 56 secs
    cello, luthier, oberlin, oberlin college, oberlin conservatory, restoration, viola, violin, violin making

    Rozie and Jerry talk with Anna Hoffman, manager of the Oberlin Conservatory summer programs, about what the program offers for luthiers and beyond. For years this campus has been connecting people in the arts and fostering excellence.

  • Episode 39: Trevor Davis: Gettin Wood

    October 13th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  45 mins 30 secs
    american made, bass, bass making, cello, colorado mountains, conservation, luthier, tonewood, tree felling, viola, violin, violin making, violin shop, wood collecting

    From choosing the right tree for tonewood, to safely getting logs down the mountain, award winning bass maker Trevor Davis shares with Chris and Rozie his experiences traveling to Colorado to fell spruce.

  • Episode 38: Women in Lutherie: The Movement

    September 22nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  49 mins 5 secs
    cello, equity, luthier, omo, viola, violin, violin shop, women at the workbench, women in lutherie, womens rights

    What's next for Women at the workbench? Join Rozie as she interviews Jeemin Kim and Jennifer Creadick, co founders of the nonprofit organization (and all around amazing gathering of women) - Women in Lutherie. We discuss long standing issues in this field and how the WIL group is pushing the needle forward to create a more equitable space for women in this field.

  • Episode 37: Take Care of Your Butts: Cameron Robertson

    August 11th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  49 mins 14 secs
    cello, long term health, luthier, occupational therapy, omo, repetitive stress injury, viola, violin, violin making, violin repair, violin restoration, violin shop, woodworking health, workbench, workshop safety

    Cameron has invested countless hours in finding workbench repair hacks, so that he and and other luthiers can have longer careers without sacrificing their bodies to repetitive stress injuries. Chris and Rozie go over several of his discoveries. Coda with Rob Wood, on exercises every luthier should be doing.

  • Episode 36: Jason Price: The Tarisio Effect

    July 14th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  42 mins 45 secs
    american made, auction house, cello, jason price, luthier, tarisio, viola, violin, violin auctions, violin sales, violin shop

    Chris and Rozie chat with one of the founders of the internationally recognized violin auction house Tarisio - Jason Price. We cover some of the history of buying & selling, the purpose of auctions, and how Tarisio has changed the market.

  • Episode 35: Christopher Reuning: Violins of Good Taste

    June 23rd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  52 mins 50 secs
    carriage house, cello, christopher reuning, fine violin sales, international violin trade, luthier, omo, reuning & sons, tarisio, viola, violin, violin auction, violin auctions, violin making, violin shop, violin society of america

    With influence far and wide across many levels of the violin industry, Christoper Reuning joins Chris and Rozie to discuss the many turns his career path has taken.