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Past Event: Joint Meeting w/ ASA: "The Violin and its Discontents: Common Structural and Tonal Problems in Orchestral String Instruments and their Remedy"

April 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Location: Stage Two @ Columbia College Chicago, 618 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60605

Speaker(s): Sanford Field, Top Notch Violins

Stage Two at Columbia College

618 S. Michigan Avenue

Nearby Parking 

Professional luthier Sanford Field will explain the basic structure and acoustics of the violin family of instruments, as well as the technical difficulties frequently experienced by string players and their instruments.  He will then explore and explain the tools and techniques used to diagnose and correct these problems.  Examples of malfunctioning instruments will be daringly explored (and in some cases corrected) live on stage, tools will be displayed and demonstrated, and violins will be played, both as objects of critical listening, and to demonstrate the tangible effects of successful and unsuccessful repair outcomes.  After the talk, questions will be answered and discussed, and the tools and instruments covered in the talk will be available for examination by attendees. 

Sanford Field is a professional luthier and owner/partner at Top Notch Violins, a full-service string instrument shop in Saint Louis, MO. Sanford attended the Red Wing School of Instrument Repair, where he studied violin construction and repair under Lisbeth Butler and John Reed. After completing his training, he worked at Nashville Violins and Saint Louis Strings where his clients included Charlie Daniels, Arvel Bird, and Yonder Mountain String Band's Allie Kral, as well as countless professional musicians, teachers, and students. Prior to his career as a luthier, Sanford received a BFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in 2004, and an MFA in Studio Practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his free time, Sanford also enjoys building furniture, studying HEMA (historic European martial arts), playing violin, banjo, and guitar and spending time with his wife Annie-Rose, and their two rescue dogs, Tallulah and Rowan.

Other Business: The Chicago AES & ASA Sections will provide (and cover the cost) of light appetizers and drinks ahead of the presentation (Starting at 6p)

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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019

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