The Romance & Reality of violin makers

28: Hot! Bow! Action!
Aug 5 • 62 min
When was the hot hot evolution of the bow? Rozie and Jerry bequeath the history of bowmaking in France, plus bow maker Matt Wehling delights us with his awewsomeness and schools us on works toward preservation of endangered bow materials. Stay tuned as…
27: Made in the Americas, part 2
Jul 1 • 51 min
But how did violin making come to Mexico and South America? When European instrument making met indigenous American hands, what sprang from this? Join Rozie & Jerry for an interview with Jaime Gabriel, Mexican luthier and recent transplant to the states.…
26: Made in the Americas
Jun 7 • 53 min
Join us, Omosapiens, as we explore violin making in the greater continent, not just the states. Ben Hebbert chats with Rozie about some earliest known American Makers, and later luthier Damien Stoppani pauses his travels to tell us about Lutheria Sobre…
25: That Baroque Life
May 6 • 45 min
Join Chris, Jerry, and Rozie as they explore baroque style from both a luthiers perspective as well as a player's perspective. Special guests Sarah Peck walks us through her relationships with clients seeking to play in the baroque style, followed by an…
24: How Are You Coping
Apr 15 • 42 min
Across the globe, shops are closed, and work for musicians is difficult to find. Listeners contribute: how are we coping? Hosts Rozie, Chris, and Jerry update us.
23: Well This is No Joke
Apr 1 • 32 min
Chris and Rozie chat with Ben Hebbert about the state of our industry, facing Covid-19 pressures. Special Guest: Benjamin Hebbert.
22: The Chemicals, Part 2 + Corona update
Mar 16 • 49 min
Continuing our talk on chemical safety! Also we have a talk with Charissa Lynn (BSN, RN, flight nurse) for a discussion on shop & workplace safety in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. Stay safe out there!
21: The Chemicals, Part 1
Mar 4 • 64 min
What kinds of chemicals are we exposed to in this industry, and how can we better protect ourselves? Join us for part 1 where we interview a young cancer survivor.
20: Pablo’s Adventure a.k.a. Never trust Steve Sincere
Feb 5 • 43 min
In the summer of 2015 a violin theft ring was operating in in the south eastern United States. Hear the story of how the arrest unfolded in Pablo Alfaro's shop.Special Guest: Pablo Alfaro.
19: Body Ruin
Dec 11, 2019 • 62 min
What happens when the work you love endeavors to cripple you? How do luthiers maintain when the work they love is excruciatingly painful? Ryan Davidson and the legendary David Wiebe weigh in.
18: St. Omobono Confessionals at the VSA
Nov 27, 2019 • 43 min
Chris, Jerry, and Rozie report on the Violin Society of American Convention in Dallas, luthiers confess to St. Omobono
17: Is The Violin Evil?
Oct 30, 2019 • 31 min
The violin has a dark side, so much so that there are legends it was a creation of the devil. Chris and Rozie explore the Romani tale of the creation of the violin. Ben Hebbert shares dark stories in violinmaking history. Special thanks to Glen Gaudin for…
16: Rise of the Machines with Greg Sapp
Oct 2, 2019 • 66 min
How much advanced technology is acceptable in instrument making & repair? Greg Sapp and Jerry Lynn disclose some of the machinery they work with and get jiggy. In our listener feedback segment, Chris, Jerry, and Rozie do a mental health checkup, followed…
15: VSA Past Present & Future with Marilyn Wallin
Sep 18, 2019 • 58 min
Marilyn Wallin joins us for a guided tour of the Violin Society of America - sharing her early years submitting some of her very first instruments for judging, to later becoming the president. Also - what makes a healthy master/apprentice relationship?…
14: Next Generation part two: Mohr and Mohr and Mohr
Aug 21, 2019 • 55 min
How do we pass on our training to the next generation, today? Join us for a chat with Ben Hebbert, and following an interview with Rodney Mohr and his daughter, Kate Mohr. In our listener feedback segment, we cover: what are the top 5 books for a beginner…
13: Next Generation with Sofia Vettori
Aug 7, 2019 • 41 min
Italian luthier Sofia Vettori joins Jerry & Rozie to talk about making and coming from a family of makers. Her grandfather's shop barely survived the war and the family has been building on his efforts to this day. Chris and Rozie take a listener…
12: Love, Oberlin
Jul 17, 2019 • 49 min
Rozie reports live from the Oberlin Ohio restoration workshop, chatting with luthiers from various parts of the world.
11: Luthier Vs. Luthier - The Quiz Show!
Jul 3, 2019 • 34 min
We take Luthier vs. Luthier one step further - in Guadagnini Trivia. Guests Chris Ulbricht and Jeff Thorell battle for dominance. Who will tell us the five cities Guadagnini lived in? Who knows how many strings a viola d'amore has? Who will win the…
10: Luthier Vs. Luthier
Jun 19, 2019 • 98 min
Chris and Rozie interview major contributors to this field: guitar luthiers. We celebrate our similarities as wew welcome Beau Hannam, custom guitar and Uke maker as well as Matt Eich of Mule Resophonic Guitars.Special Guests: Beau Hannam and Matt Eich.
9: Listener feedback: Grab bag edition
Jun 5, 2019 • 58 min
Cohosts Rozie, Chris, and Jerry catch up! Chris gets technical on what's going on with the restoration of the River Fiddle, Jerry and Rozie discuss their trip to Philadelphia to attend the Freeman's auction, and Rozie catches us up on her workshop week at…
8: Women at the Bench
May 15, 2019 • 63 min
In this episode we celebrate the many women who are part of this field. Chris & Rozie start by exploring the lore of Catarina Guaneri. We interview Aubrey Alexander, Korinthia Klein, and Robyn Sullivan. Coda with Jerry Lynn.Special Guest: Jerry Lynn.
7: Listener Feedback: Neuroses
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Rozie & Jerry read listener mail and talk about their own continuing struggles with balance. This episode was made with a lot of gratitude for our kind listeners.Special Guest: Jerry Lynn.
6: Neuroses
Apr 17, 2019 • 61 min
Chris & Rozie explore the mental health challenges that come with violin building. While some bring OCD tendencies to the bench (which has its benefits as well as detractors), others battle the inner demons that come with the territory of being your own…
5: Listener Feedback with Ben Hebbert
Apr 8, 2019 • 34 min
Join Chris & Rozie along with Ben Hebbert as we take listener questions. Do you want to go to violin making school? We discuss some great options. Do we think the violin will change over the next 100 years? What are some new technologies in the market?…
4: Sea Change
Mar 20, 2019 • 75 min
Chris and Rozie discuss Jean Baptiste Vuillaume and speculate over the kind of person he was in 19th century Paris. He was a modern man in his own time, witnessing change in the violin industry and trying his hand at various inventions. We gain…
3: Listener Feedback
Mar 6, 2019 • 31 min
We talk to you! The community! Further discussion on one of Antonio Stradivari's other mysterious children, imposter syndrome, fake labels, and inappropriate jokes. Special shout out to: David Van Zandt, Rovert Weindl, Amanda N. Ewing, Sidney Wagner,…
2: Fakes & Forgeries
Feb 20, 2019 • 76 min
How can you tell a violin is what the owner says it is? What qualifies a person as an expert? Why are some people in the field reluctant to tell you a violin is a fake, even when they know it as a fact? Rozie and Chris discuss the Voller Brothers and…
1: Imposter Syndrome
Jan 23, 2019 • 59 min
With the exception of a trip he made when he was 18, Omobono Stradivari spent his entire life in the workshop of his father, Antonio. In his will, he is remembered as a screw-up, noted for the debt he incurred on that one trip. Today, violin makers…
0: Welcome to Omo, Episode 0
Dec 20, 2018 • 8 min
A podcast about violin makersSpecial Guest: Jerry Lynn.