Violin Insider

Insights & reflections on rare stringed instruments and fine bows


E.Sartory a Paris
Eugène Sartory's evolutions

One of the greatest French bow makers of all time, Eugène Sartory is known for his 'three periods' of bow making. Violin Insider explored the deeper waters of these periods by speaking to some of the world's foremost specialists.

Violin case collection
A case of perfection

Often neglected are the cases that hold and protect great instruments, Violin Insider searches for what makes the heart and soul of the finest and most beautiful cases, from Hill & Son's to Musafia.

Musafia Master Series
An expert's view of innovation in case design

While navigating the twisty road towards the future of violin case construction, Violin Insider embarks on the journey with the help of master case builder Dimitri Musafia.

Violin specialist Ian McCamy

Ian McCamy


With Violin Insider, Ian McCamy sets out to share his passion for the world of exceptional stringed instruments and fine French bows by exploring their craftsmanship and the unique stories that make up their singular history.

Since the age of three Ian knew he wanted to dedicate his life to the violin: he began playing at the Greenwich House Music School in New York City at the age of six and later studied at LaGuardia School of Arts. Following a career of performing around the world, he has turned his lifelong passion and knowledge of the violin to the study, expertise and restoration of fine stringed instruments and French bows at Champarnaud & McCamy, 58 rue de Rome, Paris France.

Violin Insider shares his fascination for instruments of the string quartet and the extraordinary bows used to play them through a series of articles, documents and photographs.  


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