The Svencino Philosophy 

Every violin deserves to be the best that it can be – every violin has the potential to be worthwhile despite who made it or how much it cost. If it isn’t then it can not offer the player, you, the musical expression that you wish to have – presuming that you wish to enjoy your playing experience and the sounds that you make with it.

Therefore ALL violins and their bows, regardless of who made it or its value and provenance, needs to be setup, regulated and tuned to allow it to give a voice to your expression while learning or performing.

There are, of course, violins that were not made with the integrity needed in rush-rush factories – even these instruments have a chance of being setup, to create a relatively perfectly working and sounding instrument. One that allows you to enjoy a sound experience, despite its hurried creation.

Axiom One

Note. Blunt and poorly prepared cutting tools make working on instruments’ fine wooden details hard, if not impossible, to do masterly. Therefore,

Sharpening offers the Ultimate truth. We can easily tell ourselves, and others, that a tool is sharp – the truth is on the edge of the blade. Either it is – or it is not, despite our opinion and justification. The final cut will illuminate this truth, and your own.

Axiom Two

When working on an instrument (or anything for that matter), we need to listen and respond to what our senses tell us and NOT what the brain tells us that our senses have ‘seen’.

Only then will we come closest to working perfection, which requires our responses being directly influenced by what we sense and not what we make ourselves believe we ‘see’ so that it can be fitted into our levels of patience and or mood.

This is far easier said than done. Especially at 01h30 in the morning when an imperfection that needs to be redressed is left undone because the brain tells us that the client will never know.

Axiom Three

Patience and perseverance is directly linked to relative perfection.

After many hours of bending a bow, hunting for that perfectly balanced camber which allows for easy musical expression and responsiveness to come alive, it becomes evident that this axiom is natural.

Axiom Four

Note. When working on instruments, in our case mostly violins (all of them from 32nd size violins, to Full size basses and a few from other sections of the orchestra) there are a lot of parts that fit together and need to be adjusted to work well. Thus,

The sum total of a perfect violin is coaxed by all of its parts being made up of regulated irregularities. Whereby each imperfection is corrected by creating a counter imperfection that balances to perfection.

It may seem like madness, a bit like working with them.

With and by the stated Axioms that we choose to employ in our work environment, we trust in their seemingly impossible truths to aid us in delivering the best possible experiences with ongoing exploration when working on your instruments.

This ensures our working ability with your treasures while exploring their potential. Art Insure covers the potential of loss or damage when in transit to us and in its journey back to you with the courier.

Art Insure ensures our instruments’ transit risk for potential damage or loss.

Keeping your instrument safe is one thing. A good case is definitely a great start. However, Art Insure offers well thought out cover for instruments that have a life outside the case.

Svencino insures all instruments in our studio and on the move, removing the fright with needing to either repair or replace them them the unthinkable happens.

All instruments that are collected by us are insured for damage and loss. So long as we are the ones booking the courier to us and back to you.

In just over 20 years of working on instruments, many of which are couriered to us, we have only needed to call on Art Insure once. This one time, when a consigning client’s cello was damaged, en route to a possible new owner, because of manhandling by courier personnel, Art Insure assessed, guided and helped us resolve the costs that ended well with a restored cello that is dearly loved by it’s new owner. All restored.

If you would like to be called back with further information and costs about insuring your instrument (or art of any kind) we suggest Art Insure. Their terms, conditions and how they cover a living and moving instrument makes sense to us. It may for you too.

The below form helps our Art Insure brokers know how best to advise you when they respond to your enquiry.

Note. Svencino does not earn a commission from this. We merely add this service to help you insure against potential damage or loss.