Gregg – The start of 2012 at Alf Studios

It’s been a busy start to the new year here at Alf Studios. We’re currently working on several instruments, selling many of the great violins we’ve already produced, and we’ve been joined by two great apprentices. I thought that a little introduction to our new guests would be a great post to have this week. […]

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Gregg – The London Philharmonic at Alf Studios

Several members of the LPO stopped by Alf Studios last week. The orchestra was in town for a concert at Hill Auditorium, which included a rare performance of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony (brilliantly done, by the way) and a sensitive rendition of the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 performed by Dutch super-star Janine Jansen.  It was […]

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Gregg – A Vuillaume Visits Alf Studios

Restoring the set-up on a 150 year old violin I have a busy week ahead. I’m making the final touches on my presentation for Prague and selecting wood for my summer violinmaking commissions. In addition, I have repairs to do on a very fine violin that I brought back with me from Hong Kong. While […]

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Gregg – Strings in Spring

Spring arrives in Michigan! With Spring finally here for good, I knew I had to be outside as much as possible before the mosquitoes arrive. My focus in the shop recently has been preparing a lecture on trends in violinmaking, which I’ll be delivering in Prague at the end of this month. About two weeks […]

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Gregg – My Tonewood

  I have a special relationship with my tonewood. Many pieces are like old friends. I go back to visit them each time I peruse my wood collection, choosing materials for an upcoming commission. In fact, I prefer a certain amount of my work to be un-commissioned … in part because I can through my […]

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