Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Recently returned from the VMAAI violinmaking competition, where my violin #21 (Guarneri-inspired model) fared quite well:

  • First place, final tone, gut string division
  • Gold medal for combined tone and workmanship
  • Certificate of merit for workmanship
  • Bob Wallace winner for best tone, gut and steel string
  • Bill Barnitz award for best workmanship and tone of all instruments, including violas and cellos

You can also hear it played in the competition here:


  1. Congratulations! I have your #9 violin, and I love it!

  2. Great work Don!
    Your subtle antiquing is striking.

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  4. Hello:
    I am interested in hearing and possibly purchasing your violin. How do I contact you? rlevin73@verizon.net