In the current issue of Standpoint, I look at the vexed questions of instrumental values.
Why is a pedigree fiddle, affordable until recently on a orchestral salary, now the plaything of bankers and speculators?
Who has been making a killing?
Why do violin dealers and luthiers keep getting hauled into court and jail? Why, only yesterday….
Why do violins – and no other instruments – get onto the nightly news?
Why has David Schoenbaum’s excellent social history of the violin been banned in Britain?
Answers and more in my Standpoint essay. Click here to read.