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JTL vs. Yamaha
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Gordon Shumway
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I posted this topic on vcom in case anyone is interested.

https://www.violinist.com/disc.....?page=4651

@Fiddlerman may or may not be interested. In particular, I'd be glad of an answer to the question, How long does it take a luthier to make a violin? I've emailed Yamaha to ask about their sales figures for acoustic instruments.

And I guess @fiddlershop's sales figures would be interesting too.

The thread is less about JTL and Yamaha and more about the size and nature of workshops in the past and now.

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November 3, 2020 - 11:11 am
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We will probably sell over 8000 stringed instruments this year. Of our own brand, our own workshops, probably close to 3000.
The instruments are made exclusively for us and we have a great teamwork with our workshops.
Violins that are made to be sold for far less money are made on an assembly line and made quite quickly. The wood needs to undergo the seasoning time and the instruments need to dry after they are varnished but made quickly. It's a matter of weeks.
Our workshop instruments need more like 50-100 hours of total work time while our bench made instruments take between 150-300 hours a piece.
A single luthier working from their own workshop usually spends closer to 300 hours.
All our instruments are set up at Fiddlershop and we count about 2 hours a piece for our set-up and testing.
Hope that helps a bit Gordon.

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Thanks, Pierre. I never got notification of your reply, but I'm spending less than half the week online, so I'll miss things on a busy forum.

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Wow, no orphans and no rollback!

My luthier suggested he could make a violin in a month if uninterrupted. That means he takes less than 300 hours, so I'll look very hard at his price tags in future, lol!

And I emailed Yamaha and they sent me a link to the home page of their website, so fudge 'em (Isaac Hayes/Chef reference from South Park)!

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November 16, 2020 - 2:39 pm
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Funny enough I miss a lot of notifications of messages. As a matter of a fact, I'm supposed to get all replies in my Administrator Post Bag but find that I miss posts all the time.

Yes, depending on skill and tools, the total amount of hours required to make a violin from scratch varies tremendously.

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