But, when I touched it, I knew that I had finally found the instrument
that I was looking for!
Gerald was surprised that I didn't want the Kennedy. I told him
that my interest was aimed more towards the "singing" quality
of this French instrument
and I knew that once I would have the necessary work done on it,
it would be perfect.
I have used this instrument with Jazz groups, The National Ukrainian
Symphony, The Congress of Viola d'Amore, as well as numerous other
genres and projects.
instrument was created in Mirecourt, France,
in 1800 and constructed in the Stradivari violin form. It has
an excellent projection, arco as well as a very clear pizzicato.
Alain Carbonare, the master luthier of Mirecourt, who also fabricated
instruments for Vladimir Spivakov and the Virtuoso Quartet of
Moscow, among others, feels that it is one of the cello or violin
shaped instruments of Barbé Père - without branded name. Many
instruments from this period were signed with crayon which, of
course, fades with time.