The copy violin model
Making a new violin look old is not a common thing, however it is well appreciated amongst musicians. To make a copy is not to imitate; it is a form of expression and a way to keep passing on history. From Vuillaume and beyond, makers have built careers on this craft.
The word antique is used as a verb meaning to make the violin look old, worn, shaded, scratched, patina, and so on. There is never an intention to be better than the great masters but to be inspired by them.
To make a copy goes beyond craftsmanship; it reflects the maker’s own artistic style. It gives new degrees of freedom regarding the subtle mistakes done along with the making. Sometimes, there is no need to hide the tool marks or be exceptionally symmetrical; all details increase the appealing expression of the unique handmade instrument.
The copy will highlight its details, scratches, and dirt-filled pores rather than the impeccable woodwork, color effect, and that bright orange varnish appearance. It hides all the perfections to enhance the (im)perfections. Alongside the aesthetical features, the violin copy model will also feature the sound characteristics of the specific model.