Mans arduous task of creating objects of beauty has existed continually since the dawn of human history. The true artist, constantly exploring and contending with the unknown, conveys to us if successful a glimpse into the divine. Few of such artists were violin makers in Europe between the 16th and 18th century. Combining their genius with the sum of empirical progress in musical instruments, and the arts in general, they elevated the quality of their bowed instruments to timeless masterpieces. It is our duty as contemporary luthiers to not settle for reproducing the archetypes of these early violins but instead to dive deep into the collective experience in order to bring back our own personal statement. Building instruments that will not only become more valuable with time but will also inspire the transcendent upon whoever comes in contact with them.
Yair Hod Fainas