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