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On 6th December 2018, our learners from the Violin Making and Repair course received the visit and a masterclass from Ben Hebbert, the Chairman of the British Violin Making Association (BVMA), one of the foremost violin making associations in the world.

His experience includes working for a number violin shops and auction houses, museums and educational institutions in London and overseas, with one most notable as European Specialist Head of Sale at Christie’s in London and New York.

Ben gave the students a lecture on the rudiments of violin identification including finding out where violins originate from by examining their component parts, such as F holes and scrolls, tools used for edge work, etc.

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Throughout the session, Ben discussed how to identify whether an instrument is French, Italian, German or from another country; along a show and tell of roughly ten instruments, encouraging students to work in pairs to handle, identify and discuss the unique features of the violins he brought. The students gained valuable insight into the unique world of violin identification.

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