“What I really love about the craft of building a new violin, is how you can combine saw and chisel with intuition and science to shape the sound you want,” Jeroen Elswijk says, explaining his lifelong passion. “The more experienced you become, the more grip you have on this process.” Trading from his workshops in Haarlem and Amstelveen, Elswijk has been in the business for more than 25 years, servicing a wide range of clients, from children and amateurs to seasoned professionals. He started off at 18, building guitars and apprenticing with his father, who was one of the Netherlands’ most famous makers of bows for string instruments.

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