Violin Engineering

As far as I can remember, I think I have always tinkered with my violins to try to improve their sound, ergonomics and functionality. About ten years ago, I decided to train myself a little more seriously to violin making, in particular to the Cremonese method, in order to be able to make my own instruments.

While discovering this new field, I was struck by the time and energy that luthiers devote to making specific tools: jigs, moulds, templates, wedges, clamps, etc. As an engineer, I immediately understood the interest there could be to use modern technologies such as Computer Aided Design, numerical control machining or laser cutting, to relieve luthiers from these tidious tasks and allow them to focus on their greatest added value: shaping and assembling the pieces of wood that actually make up the instrument.

This is precisely what this site is about: offering modern solutions and products to make violinists and luthiers' life easier.

Moule d’Antonio Stradivari en cours d’usinage
CNC machining of and Antonio Stradivari mould. This technology offers huge time saving and unrivaled precision.

So what can be improved on a violin ?

The design of the violin, almost unchanged since the 17th century, makes it an optimized and efficient instrument. Should we therefore give up on improving it? It would be a pity because our musical practices are evoluting, our needs are no longer quite the same.

Whether you are a violinist or a luthier, amateur or professional, this site offers products, tutorials and training to improve the sound and functionality of violins.