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Ming Jiang Zhu has died??
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Bunkei
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May 10, 2015 - 2:07 am
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I just recently read (in more than a few places) that Mr. Zhu passed away in December of 2014.  For someone who's never even met the man, this has hit me more than I realized.  I do take some solace that he will live forever in hundreds of thousands of people through the marvelous instruments he's built either personally or supervised being built over the decades.

I just took a moment to look at my certificate, which bears his real signature, and realized that I'm holding something that will become something of legend.  Of course, my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and his business colleagues.

The violin community has lost someone truly great.  Not just for his legendary skill as a master luthier, but imparting that knowledge to students.  I'm also very humbled that he is willing to share his knowledge so we, as the consumer, are able to experience the joys of a truly wonderful violin that just a decade ago would have cost 3x what they sell for (perhaps more if it was made in Italy).

See you on the other side Mr. Zhu, and thanks for the wonderful instrument!

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Sorry to hear that.  He was only 59. 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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That's a shame! thankfully  he will live on through his instruments and the music made by them.

Skype: augustoad Email: augustoaguieiras@hotmail.com Phone number/whatsapp: +55 42 9861-4084. I'd be happy to talk anything fiddle-related to anyone! :)

 

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Is this true?

" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"

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Fiddlerman
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May 11, 2015 - 11:31 pm
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Yes it's true. I never thought to post it on the forum. He died of liver cancer, I believe. He was 56 years old. His violins sold quickly after the news spread. I do believe his memory will survive many hundreds of years through his instruments. RIP Ming Jiang Zhu.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said
Yes it's true. I never thought to post it on the forum. He died of liver cancer, I believe. He was 56 years old. His violins sold quickly after the news spread. I do believe his memory will survive many hundreds of years through his instruments. RIP Ming Jiang Zhu.

Hey Pierre,

Has his company decided how this would affect his high end workshop instruments like the 909 and 930 which (used) to bear his signature on the certificate?

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Fiddlerman
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May 13, 2015 - 5:18 pm
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They continue to sell the same exact violins made the exact same way with the same quality as before he passed away. Ming Jiang Zhu wasn't doing much in the end anyway. These guys are incredible luthiers.

The new supervisor, a former student of Ming Jiang Zhu, is Mr Wei-Xian Zhu. He was also his brother in law and studied with the master for about 20 years.
Wei-Xian Zhu won a Certificate of Merit for Tone in the VSA International Competition in 2010.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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May 13, 2015 - 5:22 pm
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Cancer....ohh man that's terrible. Unfortunately, I've stared it right in the face....everytime I hyear about someone succumbing to it, it brings back alot of sad memories for me.

Glad to hear his work will continue

" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"

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