|Violins at KC Strings. The ones in the foreground didn't make the cut. Shhh... not too loud. We don't want to hurt their feelings.|
|Typed on an Olympia SM3 on Patapar Onionskin|
|The KC Strings violin on top may be the lucky winner.|
|Or perhaps one of the violins from Beckmann's will be the chosen one. This is Hannah playing in the shop. It is an intimate space.|
|Wand... I mean bow tuning area at Beckmann's.|
|All of these instruments start their lives as blocks of wood. It takes a skilled hand to build something meaningful.|
By the way, Hannah is the product of public schools with additional instruction. Unlike some kids that started Suzuki in Kindergarten, she first started orchestra in fifth grade. We're fortunate that the Olathe school system is committed to its music programs even after almost a decade of cuts to overall school funding. Got to shout out to them an Olathe Youth Symphony.
|Secondary work bench at Beckmann's.|
|The inner sanctum of violin and viola building at Beckmann's.|
Addition: I decided to include some links for both shops. The information about design principles on the KC Strings site is very enlightening. Disclaimer: We are working with these builders on selecting violins from store inventories. They both create concert grade instruments that cost over $10,000. Our 8th grader is a long way from there - thank goodness!
Anton Krutz on geometry: http://www.kcstrings.com/anton-Krutz-geometry
Anton Krutz Bio: http://www.kcstrings.com/anton-Krutz-introduction
Ken Beckmann Bio: http://www.beckmannviolins.com/maker/
NPR Story on CAT Scanning a Stradivarius: NPR Stradivarius Story