Peter Horn Master Violin Maker and Restorer of Stringed Instruments - Greater Cleveland Ohio
Greater Cleveland, Ohio is home to one of the most experienced (56+ years) master violin (and all stringed instruments) maker, repair and restoration specialists in the country. Peter Horn is a master violin maker, repairer and restorer.
I had the opportunity recently to visit Peter in his shop in at 10269 Barr Road in Brecksville, Ohio 44141. My daughter's viola bow had a serious stress fracture so I took it to Peter to evaluate. Peter explained that the crack was running with the grain and could be easily repaired. Peter also explained that if the crack was going across the grain, the repair would have been more involved.
I sat and visited with Peter, swapping stories about our kids, the local music program, life in general, but mostly about Peter's history as a violin maker and restorer. These are the kind of stories and people you only meet once in a blue moon, as Peter graduated from the famous Mittenwald Violinmakers School In Germany back in 1955.
Peter described to me some of the "art" that goes into making a violin (or any stringed instrument). How a violin maker cannot just use a template and go just by the book when making a stringed instrument. A violin maker must be able to really see, visually, aesthetically and be able to produce not only a top quality violin, but one that is very pleasing to the eye.
As an example, Peter told me about the violin he had to make and be judged by the top 5-6 violin makers around Germany in order to graduate from the Mittenwald Violinmakers School. See the last photo below for the violin he made. Peter's grade was an A. Peter described how there was one minor, cosmetic defect that kept him from getting an A+. Peter showed me how the scroll/curve on the neck on one side was perfectly round and pleasing to the eye, whereas on the other side, there was a small section that was not completely round. While I never would have seen that minor blemish, it goes without saying that the art and science of violin making has been passed down through the generations, and it's quite a treat to have one of the best violin makers and restorers right here in Greater Cleveland.
Peter Horn can be reached in his studio at 216.526.2606 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you enjoy the photos of my recent visit. Feel free to stop in and say hi to Peter and chat about all things stringed!