Dana Johnson Posted June 12, 2007 Share Posted June 12, 2007 5000 pounds a fiddle, I should have become a fiddle maker! Before committing yourself to that conclusion, shouldn't you check out what that comes down to in a per-hour wage? I have made some fair violas in the past, and find that making a good concertina takes as much time (actually working, not counting drying time for the varnish). There are a whole lot of luthiers out there, and the price has less to do with the time expended in making a viloin as in the skill you bring to the time you spend in creating an instrument that will please more players helping your reputation and your price. 5000 pounds sounds like a lot, but you can easily spend twice as much. I played an old French violin once that cost around $20,000. I personally preffered a new one at $5000, but then I'm no classical musician and I didn't care about the name value. The big point here is that to make a decent living as a luthier, you have to be pretty darn good. Dana Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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