Italy's violin-makers struggle to hit profitable note
Updated: 2016-05-13 10:57
|Edgar Russ, a master violinmaker, works on a violin at his workshop in Cremona, Italy, March 10, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
His workshop makes violins for beginners as well as his "Linea Macchi" line for professionals who cannot afford a master violin. He also makes a handful of master instruments each year.
Only the masters are made by his hands alone.
"The real energy comes from the passion for this kind of work. It makes me happy to create something which does not have any straight lines. Even if you don't play, you love to hold itin your hand. It's beautiful to look at, it shows all your personality and your ability and your craftsmanship.
"And it makes a beautiful sound."