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American Federation of
Violin and Bow Makers

Dedicated to the Ethical Practice of Craftsmanship, Conservation, Education, Expertise, and Outreach

The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers is comprised of over 170 of the finest makers, dealers and restorers in the United States and Canada.

Member Directory

Our members meet high standards of excellence in workmanship and experience. They also are committed to adhere to our mission and code of ethics.

Musicians and Instrument owners are invited to consult our Member Directory for purchases, restoration, or appraisals.

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Members share, network and learn through Federation meetings, events, concerts, and publications. We also curate a large photographic archive.

Makers, restorers and dealers can apply here.

Advocacy and Outreach

We support and initiate projects and policy that promote the betterment of the music community and the world at large.  Read more about our involvement with conserving endangered species, documenting the history of the American Violin, and our other projects.

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Recently, AFVBM member Markus Laine exhibited this bow at the British Violin Makers Association “Makers’ Day” event. This bow is a Tourte copy made using F.X. Tourte's working method and similar tools. The bow was selected to play at the Kreuzer Quartet concert. Congratulations Markus! #creativity #woodworking #violinmakers #music #concert #violinplayers #bowmaker #archetier #bow #bowmakers #violinist #tourte #award

This month Steinway & Sons celebrate their 170th anniversary. The company was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in his Manhattan apartment. Take a look at the first grand piano produced by the founder. It is known as the "kitchen piano" because he made it in his kitchen. Have you ever played on one of these? Ley us know in the comments below! #creativity #inventor #art #music #piano #steinwaypiano #steinway #steinwaygrand


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