In times of industrial massproduction the preservation of old manual techniques is of more importance than ever. This goes especially for violin-making. For nowadays most of the worldwide production of stringed instruments is done entirely or at least in parts mechanically. From this results a conformity in appearance and sound, as well as a standardization of models of instruments.
However, each musician loving music and playing will search an instrument that is not average, but which will meet his own personal preference in optical and tonal respects. Such an instrument, that conveys to the player a `soul` of its own, can only be constructed if done without mechanical prefabrication. For the individuality of the violin or cello does result from the small divergencies and finenesses which always come with manual construction. No machine can create the fine swing of a scroll keenly cut by hand or the tone of an accurately planed top.