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 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.

  • Episode 34: Iris Carr: Doing more, with less

    May 19th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  43 mins 30 secs
    cello, charles beare, continuing education, iris carr, luthier, luthier education, repair, restoration, viola, violin, violin retouching, violin shop, violin varnish

    Rozie and Jerry interview master retoucher Iris Carr on her many seamless restoration jobs, her history of rubbing elbows with some of the greats in the field, and her newly launched education course, available now, for YOU!

  • Episode 33: Cajun flavor with Anya Burgess

    April 14th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  46 mins 29 secs
    american made, bonsoir catan, cajun, cello, lafayette, luthier, magnolia sisters, omo, sola, sola violins, viola, violin, violin making, violin shop, zydeco

    Anya shares with Chris and Rozie the history of Lafayette, Louisiana, and it's unique Cajun heartbeat, and the unique challenges of doing luthier work in swampland.

  • Episode 32: Rahmaan Phillip & The Great Covid Escape

    March 17th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 1 sec
    cello, covid, escape, luthier, omobono, vietnam, viola, violin, violin making

    Has anyone else out there had the urge to flee the US in the last year? We found the luthier who did just that. Rahmaan Phillip shares with us his story of the last year, when the vacation to Vietnam turned into a more permanent stay.

  • Episode 31: Quiz Show: Live at The VSA

    January 1st, 2021  |  Season 2  |  28 mins 57 secs
    cello, live, luthier, quiz show, viola, violin, violin making, violin shop, violin society of america, vsa

    Happy New Year! We present an audio version of the VSA Quiz Show we conducted in November. We look forward to seeing you Omosapiens for Season 3 in January!

  • 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.