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The Strad Magazine - 2 Part Article on the ex-Vieutemps Guarneri del Gesu
Unspoiled Charm: The Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu Currently the world's most expensive violin, the 1741 'Vieuxtemps' Guarneri 'del Gesu' is in a remarkable state of preservation, considering it has been in use for most of its life. In the first of a two-part article, Terry Borman examines the instrument to discover what it reveals about its maker.
The Strad Magazine - A Unique Pearl The Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu: In the second of two articles, Terry Borman discussed the ribs, purfling and scroll of the world's most expensive instrument, with additional comments from its current player, Anne Akiko Meyers, and expert acoustical and technical analyses. .
Fall 2015 Newsletter We've had a busy summer - in the last few months we've launched a completely redesigned mobile friendly website, attended the premier of the new documentary "Maker: The Art of Terry Borman", and were proud to be selected as the sole US distributor for Wiseman cases. Here's our semi-annual newsletter to catch up on all the latest! Click on any story to be taken to that page of the website with more information or to view videos.
Maker: The Art of Terry Borman Terry was honored to have been asked to be the subject of a documentary about the art of violin making. He spent several weeks working with the film makers conducting interviews and filming his work. The movie also features interviews with professors of violin speaking about the art of violin making and the history of the instrument, as well as clips of Terry's clients performing on their Bormans.
Violin Society of America Convention 2014 Terry's presentation on "Rogue Neck Setting"
2015 Spring Newsletter Includes a free downloadable screensaver of classical instruments, "how to" videos for luthiers, some great news about Wiseman cases, and an interview by Lauri Niles of Violinist.com.
Violinist.com Interview Interview with Terry Borman: Modern violin makers share new ideas and disprove old myths.
2014 Summer Newsletter Info about the VSA convention & competition, Indy Competition, what to do if you are denied boarding with your instrument, and about our Facebook contest.
How To Videos by Terry Borman Detailed videos on straightening a bridge, using graphite if a bridge is pulling, adjusting your pegs for easier tuning, and a 4 part series on what to look for in evaluating an instrument for purchase.
DOT Rules for Carried on Instruments As of 2002 the TSA may not restrict you from bringing your instrument onboard an aircraft as long as it meets the specifications to fit in an overhead compartment or under a seat. But there have been MANY instances of airline employees not being aware of the rules. This is the January 2015 official dot.gov. Download this and keep it in your case. Or simply save the PDF to your tablet or phone.
2013 Spring Newsletter It's been a busy year at Borman Violins. We also have 2 violins available for trial and the details are included here.
Public Library of Science - Wood Densitometry in 17th and 18th Century Dutch, German, Austrian and French Violins, Compared to Classical Cremonese and Modern Violins Terry's latest study finds no significant differences in median densities between modern and classical violins, or between classical violins from different origins.
Parma Guadagnini exhibit book is now available. Following the important 2011 exhibition at the Parma Galleria Nazionale celebrating the 300th anniversary of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini’s birth, Scrollavezza & Zanrè issues a major publication dedicated to the instruments on display. Twenty-four violins, violas and cellos, some of the finest examples of Guadagnini’s production. Beautifully photographed by Jan Röhrmann, Tucker Densley and Giorgio Movilli, the instruments are illustrated life sized, permitting experts and enthusiasts to appreciate all the details and subtleties of Guadagnini’s working methods and style.
The publication is enriched with historical and technical essays written by world renowned experts, with contributions by Carlo Chiesa, Philip Kass, Giuseppe Martini, Brigitte Brandmair and Terry Borman. Click the link above for an order form.
Spring 2012 Newsletter Contains a link for discounted pricing on pre-orders of the upcoming Parma Guadagnini exhibit book which Terry contributed to, details about a new company providing independent condition reports using CT analysis, more about a soon to be published research study conducted by Terry Borman and Berend Stoel, and information on a pre-owned Borman viola we currently have available for trial.
Fall 2011 Newsletter Includes information about Cremona Mondomusica, the Parma Guadagnini exhibit, an upcoming advanced varnish and set up class, our current research, and two pre-owned Borman instruments we currently have available for trial.
Modal Animations Integrated modal analysis and CT scans of the Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu 1741 bass bar.
3D Violins3D images of classical violins generated from CT Scans. Images were created by and are provided courtesy of Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Radiology. Special thanks to Bein & Fushi, and Doctors Galizia, Ananthakrishnan and Yaghmai.
Probing the Secrets of the Finest Fiddles Science Magazine talks to researchers and luthiers about the scientific methods for studying classical instruments including the Vieuxtemps.
Radiological Society of North America Poster/article about scanning the Vieuxtemps and other classical instruments at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Radiology.
Northwestern University Radiology Newsletter Article about using their scanners on historic instruments. Great 3D image of a violin. We'll post some more of those 3D images soon.
Violin Safety AlertThere has been a recent increase in instrument thefts. Tips on protecting yourself financially from theft or damage.
2011 Borman Violins Newsletter A wrap-up of the last year at Borman Violins.
The Strad Magazine - CT and Modal Analysis of the Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu.This article discusses measurements of the vibration modes and geometry of the 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri 'del Gesù’ violin made using computed tomography (CT) and modal analysis technology. During our research we also studied the ‘Jarnowich’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ of 1741 and the 1707 'Cathedrale" Stradivari.
Review of the Uses of Computed Tomography for Analyzing. Instruments of the Violin Family with a Focus on the Future VSA Papers - Borman & Stoel. X-ray computed tomography (CT) has proven to be a valuable tool in studying antique, as well as new, instruments of the violin family. This article reviews the history and workings of CT and then focuses on the future and the relatively new method of quantitative analysis of CT images. Potential new uses of the obtained data are presented.
Vieuxtemps Project Geoffrey Fushi of Bein & Fushi Rare Violins recently invited an international team of experts to study what is considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest violins, the 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu. In addition, a 1707 Stradivari, a 1742 Guarneri, and a 1752 J.B. Guadagnini were also studied. The project included CT scans, acoustic radiation, modal analysis, binaural recordings, as well as research into what accounts for instrument projection. The link above contains more details about the project and photos of the process.
Public Library of Science A Comparison of Wood Density between Classic Cremonese and Modern Violins by Berend C. Stoel and Terry M. Borman
Modern Composers A listing of modern string composers compiled from various sources. We are strong proponents of modern music and everything that it has to offer the 21st century. If you have any suggestions for additions to this page, please let us know through the contact page of the site.
2009-2010 Newsletter A wrap-up of of the past year at Borman Violins
Client RecordingsWe are often asked for samples of music performed on Borman Instruments. Here, we have compiled a page of samples for your listening pleasure.
Science versus the Stradivarius BBC Radio 4 Broadcast, October 2009. Interview with Terry Borman, Colin Gough, Tasmin Little, Brian Moore, Joseph Nagyvary, George Stoppani
2009 Research Trip In January 2009, my research partner and I scanned an additional 17 instruments at the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, Netherlands. I was also able to complete a comprehensive study of a 1743 Guarneri del Gesu. We hope to publish our findings soon. In the meantime, I have composed a short narrative of the trip along with photographs of the scanning process.
Modal Animations Modal analysis studies the dynamic properties/structural characteristics of a mechanical structure under dynamic excitation. This page shows animations of some modern instruments, a 1714 Strad, and a 1715 Strad.
Violin Making Workbook Our popular violinmaking workbook has been re-vamped and updated.