Roger Hargrave Pens Violin Buyer's Guide
His focus is on on Cremonese violins
Most of us will never seriously contemplate buying a Stradivari, but there's a great deal to be learned from "Some Things You Should Know Before Purchasing a Cremonese Violin," the first article in the collected writings of leading violin maker, writer, and lecturer Roger Hargrave.
Hargrave takes on many of the myths surrounding the classic Cremonese violin makers, explains the craft of connoisseurship and identifying instruments, and explores the histories of Cremona and of the musical-instrument trade. There's something for the curious musician and the serious history buff, and technical articles for the accomplished violin maker, with more articles on the way.
Hargrave's style is engaging, accessible, and authoritative without ever becoming stuffy or self-important. Best of all, in an age when serious works on violin history cost hundreds of dollars, Hargrave's new Internet book is free! Download a copy at roger-hargrave.de/Seiten/Bibliothek/Bibliothek.htm.