Some violin players dream of owning a classic French, German, or Italian violin from the 17th century, and fiddlers want to own classics from the more recent past. While any of those would be nice, I know they're out of reach due to scarcity and cost, so I set my sights on a violin made by Anthony Bonnet, a fascinating character from my hometown of Brookville, Pennsylvania. Western Pennsylvania isn't exactly known for its fiddle makers, but Bonnet is one of the very few whose name comes up when people ask about them.
Years before I started playing the violin, I wanted a violin made by Henry Anthony Bonnet, a local craftsman who made just about everything. Today that dream came true, and I brought one home. I now own #31, made in 1889. The luthier I use, who lives about an hour away, found one at an auction, and knew he had a buyer in me. I picked it up today, and haven't been able to put it down for more than twenty minutes.
Pictures at the link below...