As I attempted to make this list, I was hoping to narrow the scope for those who contact me and are searching for something but invariably don't know where to begin. But rather than narrow the scope, I find the list keeps growing and growing. Who to include? Who to exclude? Such a quandary.
To answer these questions, I decided that those who provide quality information that is readily available, in my humble opinion, are here. My apologies if I've neglected anyone.
But, if you want to be added to this list, please drop us a line. We may be inclined to include you as well, but again, the list should not be needlessly overwhelming.
"...sponsors exhibitions as a forum for makers, musicians and the general public to meet and exchange information regarding instruments and the performing arts."
"...is an association for the promotion of viola performance and research."
"...is a professional association of players and makers of bowed string instruments which promotes excellence in all aspects of performance, teaching, conducting and string instrument making."
"...aims...to raise the standard of skill and expertise of makers and restorers; to share information among makers and restorers; to promote the craft to the general public; and to promote fellowship among all those interested in violins and bows."
"...is a society for violists and viola enthusiasts."
"... is a non-profit educational membership organization...formed...to advance the craft of string instrument making and repair (lutherie), through a free exchange of information."
"...is an organization for those who teach, study, play, repair, build and enjoy the double bass."
"...is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports activities that serve the common good for all friends of the viola."
"...seeks to advance the knowledge and joy of cello playing around the world."
"...was formed as a meeting place and forum for independent violin makers and as a vehicle for education, communication and promotion of makers, players and teachers within the region."
"...is a not-for-profit national organization dedicated to the support of activities relating to the viola da gamba in the United States and abroad."
"...mentors and trains those students who wish to become Violin Makers."
"...is a non-profit, educational organization founded, in 1958, to encourage and develop the art of violin making."
"...reflects a broad range of interests and concerns of those interested in violins and the art of making instruments and bows of the violin family."
Violin Makers Lists/Directories
"...is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web."
"...contains a listing of links to a continually growing number of violin and bow makers who have homepages on the web."
"...lists hundreds of links to violin makers from around the world."
by William H. Hill, Arthur F. Hill, Alfred E. Hill. ©1902,1963
"...the quarterly music magazine for double bass teachers, students, players and makers."
"...books, autographs, photos and collectibles. Specializing in the violin family."
"...is the magazine for players of bowed stringed instruments."
Popular series of books for violin, viola, cello and bass.
"...a monthly classical music magazine for all strings enthusiasts including violinists, violists and cellists."
by Hans Weisshaar, Margaret Shipman. ©1988
Online Reference Material
Details famous violin makers such as Stradivari, Amati and da Salo.
"...five members of the Guarneri family made violins across three generations in Cremona in North Italy. The first instrument maker of the family was Andrea Guarneri, (b. 1626; d. 1698)..."
Hosts a very active forum for discussing all aspects of stringed instruments. Additionally, this site offers listings of stolen instruments, instruments for sale, violin dealers and violin makers.
"...unveiling the mystery behind the violin; going into its history, its manufacture, discovering the composers and musicians who play it, and learn how it is played."
A really good starting place for an abundance of information about the violin. This reference includes links to related subjects. While you're there, you can also search for any other type of stringed instrument that interests you.
Other Reference Material
Offers a downloadable database containing thousands of violin makers past and present.
"...everything for building and repairing stringed instruments." Includes books, kits, parts, accessories, etc.
"...you might find an incredibly valuable Strad yourself - hidden away in your attic or basement or perhaps at a yard sale down the block."