Violin makers conference in March 2012

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    2 November 2011

    Dear Colleagues


    The AVMA is pleased to announce that it will host the Fourth Australian International Violin Making Conference in Guildford, Central Victoria over the weekend of 2nd to 5th March 2012.

    Our international presenters will be French bow making legend Stéphane Thomachot from Paris; violin maker and researcher, Sam Zygmuntowicz from the USA and Andrew Fairfax from the UK. Andrew has been a restorer for J & A Beare for many years whilst continuing to make instruments and co-author various papers and books for BVMA Publications.

    In addition, we will have local presenters Alan Coggins on violin photography; Kae Sato-Goodsell demonstrating the use of computer generated outlines, moulds and templates; David Guscott presenting on electric instruments and his journey in this genre. There will be a show and tell of attendees’ instruments, as usual, so please bring your instruments along. Other local presenters are yet to be confirmed. The programme is still in the planning stage and updates of actual presentations will be advised as these details are firmed up.

    We are pleased to confirm that the cost for the conference will remain at $500.00 ($450.00 for early birds). Early bird applications will close on 21 December 2011. No applications will be accepted after 25 February 2012.

    The registration fee includes a buffet lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and a BBQ meal on Friday evening.

    Please be aware that the registration fee is for the conference only as outlined above, your personal travel and accommodation will be extra. The sooner you enrol the sooner you can take advantage of the cheapest alternatives.

    Reasonably priced B&B accommodation is available in Guildford. Please contact any of these B&Bs directly or through Rainer Beilharz, as advised below. Some of the B&Bs are well suited to sharing, so please consider this also if you are coming with a friend. Motel accommodation is available in Castlemaine (10 minutes from Guildford).

    Celestine House, (B&B), Guildford – contact Chris Limm on 03 5473 4180

    “Tara”, (B&B), Guildford – contact Toni on 0411 397547

    P and B Adams (B&B), Guildford – book through Rainer, tel. 03 5473 4404, email

    Post Office (B&B), Guildford – book through Rainer, tel. 03 5473 4404, email

    The Oval in Guildford now has a shower block, so camping is available for events such as ours, $20.00 for the weekend. Please ring or email Rainer for details, tel. 03 5473 4404, email

    The Castle Motel at 1 Duke Street, Castlemaine, tel. 1800 032136

    These conferences are “not for profit” events. Early birds not only get the best prices and the pick of accommodation options, but they help us enormously by paying early. The initial stages of organising the conferences involves covering the costs of international presenters’ air fares, etc. and it is the early birds that ensure we are able to meet these obligations so please, do your bit to support your conference and enrol by return.

    For Registration forms, please contact Alex Grant:

    For travel information and updates on the conference, log on to this website where information will be updated as it comes to hand.

    We’ll look forward to seeing you in Guildford.


    The Conference Committee


    Please click on the link below for a copy of the Registration Form for the 2012 Conference.


    Many attendees will be bringing instruments and informal ‘sessions’ will undoubtedly spring up so come prepared to get involved in some music making.

    Maria Perez Pulido is keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in joining her in playing duets, etc. Contact her at to discuss repertoire and music exchange.


    We are pleased to announce that Tom Croen, who will be travelling in Australia at the time of the conference, has kindly agreed to attend and to give a talk on fingerboard tuning. Many will know of him as the inventor of the Croen purfling tool and he will also be able to answer any questions you may have on that.


    See updated programme


    Just a gentle reminder that the cheaper ‘early bird’ registration of $450.00 will close on December 21, so now is the time to register and take advantage of this cheaper option. After December 21 the full price of $500.00 will apply.


    Accommodation in Guildford is filling up. Camping is still available as well as a shared room at Celestine House (0354734180).
    We will be running a pick-up and drop off service to Castlemaine as we have in the past, so accommodation in Castlemaine is a good option also.
    Colonial Motel (03) 5472 4000 and Castle Motel 03) 5472-2433, or contact the visitor information about B&Bs 03 54711795.

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