06 Feb '11, 5am

DTN Singapore: Despite China, US violin-makers second fiddle to none: American violin-making is enjoying a rebir...

WASHINGTON (AFP) - – American violin-making is enjoying a rebirth, craftsmen say, despite the rapidly improving production by fellow makers in China which artisans here see both as a threat -- and a boon -- to their livelihood. Even with US interest in classical music slipping, and some orchestras folding in harsh economic times, support for the artisans' business is such that hundreds of individual American violin-makers are thriving. "Violin and bowmaking in this country is the best it's been in US history," and the instruments being produced are among the world's finest, Jerry Pasewicz, who heads the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, a collection of 180 top US artisans, told AFP. Whether China can mount a serious threat to the high end of the craft -- known as lutherie -- is in dispute; some believe it will take several decades before Chinese instruments, wh...

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