I AM A COLLECTOR

The String Circle is a widespread Network of Master Violin Makers and Bowmakers born from an idea of Le Dimore del Quartetto and promoted in collaboration with Fondazione Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari. The collection brings together violin makers and bowmakers who have distinguished themselves through international awards, whose creations and workshops are pointed out to young musicians in the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto with the aim of promoting and enhancing the contemporary Cremonese and international violin making tradition.
Concretely, the goal is to give birth to a European network of workshops, ateliers and collectors that provide quality instruments and services to a new generation of professional musicians, in a circular economy.

String players use these [the instruments] as tools throughout their careers and often sell them or leave to their estates many years later. All tools and equipment depreciate with use, but the right violins and bows grow in value. They have produced exceptional investment results despite their poor liquidity, the high cost of selling, and the taxman’s share.

THE ADVANTAGES OF BECOMING A COLLECTOR

Uniqueness and originality: Contemporary lutherie instruments are handcrafted by skilled artisans, and each piece is one-of-a-kind. Unlike mass-produced instruments, these have distinctive characteristics and an individual identity.

Customization and consultation: The craftsman can work closely with the collector to customize the instrument according to the collector’s preferences and needs.

Creating a community: The craftsman’s atelier becomes a place of exchange between musicians, collector and craftsman, stimulating innovation and creativity. A rich and dynamic ecosystem that promotes musical instrument culture, high-quality craftsmanship, and knowledge sharing. This shared value can enrich the experiences of all participants and contribute to the maintenance and growth of traditions related to music and musical instruments.

International Mobility: The musicians of The Quartet Residences come from 22 different countries and regularly perform around the world, thanks to the social enterprise’s international mobility projects, concert and cultural activities. Whenever a musician plays an instrument from The String Circle, it will be mentioned in the concert program, thus contributing to the notoriety and value of the instrument itself.

Visibility and Recognition: The instruments in the collection are enhanced and promoted through the many communication channels and publications of The String Circle, Le Dimore del Quartetto, and the Violin Museum.

HOW DOES IT WORKS?

  • Le Dimore del Quartetto guides the collector in choosing the artisan of The String Circle network
  • The collector buys a contemporary instrument from The String Circle network or commissions an instrument from a luthier selected from The String Circle network
  • The instrument is made available to The String Circle for loan of use to the musicians of the network de Le Dimore del Quartetto for a minimum of 5 years
  • The instrument remains in the workshop to allow musicians to try and discover the instrument accompanied by the master luthier who made it
  • Through the use and the international concert activity, the instrument acquires value, rewarding the initial investment of the collector
  • At the end of 5 years, the Collector can choose to withdraw the instrument from the network or to extend the period of permanence of the instrument in the widespread collection, giving the musicians of the network an additional opportunity for professional development.

Send an email to info@thestringcircle.eu to become a Collector of The String Circle or to find out more about the widespread collection.

FAQ

By entering the network of The String Circle, you will have the opportunity to:

•  Buy quality instruments at advantageous conditions
•  Enhance and promote the instruments in the collection through the communication channels of The String Circle, Le Dimore del Quartetto and Museo del Violino (website, newsletter, social media, press office, printed materials and music programmes)
•  Being part of a network that selects the best craftsmen and contemporary instruments and that guarantees the quality of the investment
• Promotion of European craftsmanship and high quality lutherie
Supporting the career of young musicians
• Turning an investment into a passion that benefits the community
•  Contributing to the enhancement of the collection through concerts, publications, cultural activities

In order to join The String Circle network it is required to offer one or more instruments of your collection on free loan to the musicians of Le Dimore del Quartetto network. Each instrument must be insured and, if necessary, you can take advantage of the conditions applied by the insurers to the Master Luthiers of The String Circle.

Please contact info@thestringcircle.eu introducing yourself, list the instruments you intend to provide to the network, the technical features of each instrument and its location. You will also be able to offer maintenance and repair services by relying on the network of artisans of The String Circle.

By purchasing a high quality instrument made by a certified Master Luthier and leaving it at the disposal of The String Circle’s widespread Network, you will contribute to the growth of the network by concretely supporting the work of craftsmen and musicians.

Fondazione Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari is at your disposal to assist you in the selection of artisans and instruments of the finest quality that will form a solid base for taking your first steps in collecting contemporary lutherie. 

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