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GOTTING VIOLINS LTD

Between 1964 and 1967 I served my apprenticeship at the long-established School of Violin Making in Mittenwald, Germany. After the first journeyman year in Switzerland I joined in 1969 the workshops of J. & A. Beare in London where I stayed until 1990. During a break from there in 1974 I obtained my Master Diploma as a violin maker in Mittenwald for which I received a Gold Medal. I rejoined the Beare workshop and became one of their principal craftsmen.

Over my 21 years of work at this renowned establishment I was privileged to restore and study numerous precious antique instruments. Among these were a number by Stradivari. This was an invaluable experience for my later career. A few restorations during this time remain very memorable for me. Probably the most famous violin I was privileged to restore in our workshop was the so-called “Gibson” Stradivari of 1713, also known as the “Huberman”. The story of the “Huberman” has inspired a novel by the French writer Frédéric Chaudière, himself a violin maker.

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