Benjamin Hebbert should have given up the violin as a child. He didn’t and it now consumes his life. In a career over more than 20 years, he trained as an instrument maker, ran the instrument making course at West Dean, became European Specialist Head of Sale of the musical instrument department of Christies, and worked in the curatorial team at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – all before deciding to work for himself from his studio in central London. In his spare time, he is perpetually writing his doctoral thesis at Oxford University on dead violin makers, and after being talked into being the Chairman of the British Violin Making Association can’t get out. He is also a reality TV star, making his television debut in the 2011 documentary Scrapheap Orchestra which received BBC4’s highest viewer ratings ever. He knows about stuff.
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.
October 30th, 2019 | Season 1 | 31 mins 3 secs
bass, cello, devil, fiddle heads, gypsy, haunted violin, haunting, jancsi rigo, luthier, orchestra, paganini, romani, romani legend, thomas brown, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making
The violin has a dark side, so much so that there are legends it was a creation of the devil. Chris and Rozie explore the Romani tale of the creation of the violin. Ben Hebbert shares dark stories in violinmaking history. Special thanks to Glen Gaudin for calling in with his haunted violin story! In the coda, Chris, Jerry, and Rozie tell the weirdest fiddle head they've ever encountered.
August 21st, 2019 | Season 1 | 55 mins 3 secs
bass, ben hebbert, bow making, cello, learning trade secrets, luthier, luthier books, next generation, orchestra, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making
How do we pass on our training to the next generation, today? Join us for a chat with Ben Hebbert, and following an interview with Rodney Mohr and his daughter, Kate Mohr. In our listener feedback segment, we cover: what are the top 5 books for a beginner luthier to own?
April 8th, 2019 | Season 1 | 34 mins 25 secs
antonio stradivari, bass, ben hebbert, brown recluse, cello, corene, cremona, luthier, oberlin, orchestra, strings, thinking cap, viola, violin, violin making, violin restoration, violin schools, wood shop, wood working
Listeners wanna know! Where can you learn violin making? What are some modern materials being used today? What's a thinking cap? Why is a spider in Chris' pants? Special guest Ben Hebbert.
February 20th, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 16 mins
balfour stradivarius, bass, cello, fakes, forgeries, luthier, orchestra, strings, viola, violin, violin making, voller brothers, wood shop, wood working
Understanding the Balfour Strand and the hand the Voller brothers had in making it, guest Ben Hebbert - violin expert.