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Touring Group Raffle: V. Richelieu violin

The violin is being made and contributed by Vermont Violins, to support the Touring Group’s trip in April.  The estimated minimum value of the instrument is $5,500. Tickets are $10 tickets each, or 3 for $25.  Each group member, traveling adult and group leader (artist leaders and managers) are expected to sell at least 10 raffle tickets (more is way better!).

Tickets will be available at the Burlington Violin Shop and Vermont Violins, Young Tradition Vermont events (including Touring Group performances) and from Touring Group members and adults.  More info by contacting mark.sustic@gmail.com.

The drawing will be held on 5/2/20 after 6pm at Young Tradition Festival at City Hall in Burlington, which will also include the final performance by this year’s Touring Group.

The V. Richelieu violin is built in the workshop of Vermont Violins.  The Guarneri pattern used is known for its rich tone and comfortable size.  European Tonewood is used to provide rich overtones and harmonics – the soloist version uses softer, split Swiss spruce for the top for the sweeter tone – Italian spruce is used for the soloist version from sources known for use of Tonewood.   Luthiers in the shop master different parts of the process, from graduating the plates to the final set-up.  These instruments are hand finished with oil varnish, accentuating the flame of the Bosnian maple backs. The instruments are played from coast to coast by both traditional and classical musicians.  Their popularity with leaders, alumni and members of the Touring Group makes this a particularly important way for Vermont Violins to thank their community.