Herman Macklett (1834-1884). An upholsterer by trade and violin maker by avocation, he was the first to show an interest in making violins. He eventually abandoned his upholstery business and established a violin shop in Chicago. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed the shop, but he and his wife, Elizabeth (Kahlert) Macklett, rescued the most valuable violins by stuffing them into large grain sacks and carrying them across the Chicago river. Herman worked on his violins from the 1860s through the 1880s. During his lifetime he made about 150 violins, and they are a rare find.
SHAR's master restoration and repair expert, Vartanian worked at the Bolshoi in Moscow and the Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria in Cremone in the late 1970s. His wealth of experience informs his choices for models, archings, graduations, and varnishes.
Leon Bernardel (maker: 1853-1931). Son and pupil of Ernest Auguste. Born in Paris. Worked with Derazey and Gand, then founded his own establishment in 1899. Arose after the retirement of Gustave Bernardel and was a maker and seller of Collin-Mezin type instruments.
A violin maker based in New England, Todd Goldenberg makes extraordinary violins, violas and cellos that are highly sought after for their beauty and exquisite tone. Using the finest materials, including European woods seasoned in his workshop and his personally formulated varnishes, Todd lavishes the highest level of carftsmanship and art on each instrument. Creating one instrument at a time, Goldenberg begins with the finest materials, including hand-selected, seasoned wood from Germany. Todd Goldenberg violins are in the hands of musicians at every level - from professional orchestra members to teachers and students - across New England and the rest of the country.
SHAR�s master restoration and repair expert, Vartanian worked at the Bolshoi in Moscow and the Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria in Cremone in the late 1970s. His wealth of experience informs his choices for models, archings, graduations, and varnishes.