Remembering Czech Lutherie Legend Premysl Špidlen
He learned violin making from his father
“From my father, I inherited ingenuity and dexterity in the craft,” Premysl once noted. “Without that, I couldn’t have become a violin maker. It wasn’t just family, but the omnipresence of violins, the music created by all those original people who belonged to us—for me, that was an everyday inspiration with the taste of a kind of mystery that I never experienced anywhere else in the families of my friends.
“All that basically predestined me to my future career.”