The Paris instrument maker Frédéric Levi has been following with professional interest the story of Wallace Hartley’s violin that supposedly went down with the Titanic. M Levi does not dispute the various tests that have been carried out on the instrument over the past seven years, but he poses a simple question: why has the object not been presented for examination to a qualified luthier?
M Levi has been in touch with the auctioneers and told them that he finds various inconsistencies with the story of the violin – the state of preservation, tempering of the varnish and more.
He adds that, in his experience, immersion in water would not cause cracks on the front , and that traces of glue suggest attempts at repair that were not connected to any immersion. His concerns add a further dimension of doubt.
The mass media, meanwhile, continue to repeat unfounded claims and speculative values.