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In the following posts, you can learn and see what is currently happening in the workshop of Thomas Brenneur. Making of news instruments, exhibitions, the general news etc...


Brother Amati baroque viola making
Tuesday, April 17 2012 00:00

The viola making is going forward nicely. As you can see on the following picture, I have completed the templates and mold. Blocks, corner and ribs are done, and the head should be finished today. Behind the ribs, you can see the maple that will be used to make the back of the instrument.

Baroque amati viola making, ribs and head

 
Brother Amati baroque viola
Sunday, April 08 2012 00:00

I am starting to build a new viola. A copy of the instrument made by the Brother Amati (Antonio  & Girolamo) in 1620. Its one of the few surviving viola with that size. It has not been cut to reduce it in size like all the surviving violas from Andrea Amati. I am going to build it as a baroque instrument. With a neck almost in line with the body. Tailpiece and fingerboard made from flamed maple (with purfling). And obviously, gut strings and a handcut baroque style bridge. I will post picture of it as I am building it. In between here are some pictures of the original instrument posted by Bruce Carlson on Maestronet:

brotheramativiola1620_01

brotheramativiola1620_02


 
In the press & Video
Monday, September 19 2011 00:00

The "Mutation matière son, instruments de musique innovants" exhibition at the Centre Matéria in Quebec city has been noticed and a press article has been written about it. You can find it online on cyberpresse.ca (Journal Le Soleil). And below you can see a video slideshow of the instruments and their makers (http://vimeo.com/29183291):

 
Quebec city exhibition
Monday, August 29 2011 00:00

The vernissage of  the "Mutation matière son, instruments de musique innovants" exhibition at the Centre Matéria in Quebec city is scheduled for September 9 at 5pm. The entry is free and everyone is invited to the exhibition (that will run until October 30st). Click on the following picture to the the exhibition flyer:

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Stradivari baroque violin
Thursday, August 11 2011 00:00

I am starting to work on a new violin. It's going to be a baroque violin based on the Stradivari "Milanollo" made in 1728. You can find a good paper on this instrument written by Roger Hargrave: in this pdf document here. The following picture show all the wood for this instrument along with the mould and templates.

Stradivari baroque violin parts
 
Boston Early Music Festival
Tuesday, June 14 2011 21:33
I am currently in Boston for the Boston Early Music Festival exhibition. Please come visit me if you want to see and try my instruments. I am on the 6th floor, table CC.
 
Baroque violin copy of Andrea Amati c.1566
Monday, June 06 2011 00:00

The baroque violin is ready, I have finished the varnish and the antiquing and I have set-up the instrument with gut strings. I have also made some pegs and a baroque bridge. I have made everything by hand (with a lathe for the pegs). The only thing that I have not made myself are the strings ! You can see some pictures below. (You can see more pictures of this instrument here)

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Copy of Andrea Amati c.1566 baroque violin head
 
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