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Strings writeup of the VSA 2014 Convention & Competition

By The Numbers: The 2014 VSA Competition
The Violin Society of America’s 2014 convention shows the group’s enormous growth and influence in lutherie

By Greg Olwel

(posted October 14, 2014)

VSA Summer Newsletter Posted

View our special - pre–Convention/Competition Issue of the VSA Newsletter. This issue includes a great deal of information on our upcoming Competition and Convention in Indianapolis.  We hope that you are planning to attend!

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(Posted August 14, 2014)

Traveling with Your Musical Instrument and U.S. Government Regulations

The movement of musical instruments containing certain species of plant and/or animal products may be prohibited or require permits under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the African Elephant Conservation Act, and the Lacey Act. New restrictions on traveling with musical instruments containing elephant ivory were imposed under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) order issued on February 25, 2014. For the new order, related, and other information please see the links below:

For traveling musicians, the following link may be helpful.

U.S. Dept. of the Interior, USFWS, Director’s Order No. 210

Questions and Answers about USFWS Director’s Order No. 210

USFWS, Traveling Across International Borders with Your Musical Instrument,

(references under “Antique Dealers” and “Musicians and musical instrument manufacturers”)

USFWS, International Affairs, Wildlife trafficking

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Lacey Act

Lacey Act FAQs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, importation for commercial purposes


The information provided by the Violin Society of America is offered only as a public service and does not constitute legal advice. 

(Posted March. 26, 2014; updated April 11, 2014)

2018 Southern California Violin Makers Workshop, Pomona College, California.

The 10th annual workshops will once again include three 5-day sessions of violin making with Michael Darnton (June 1-19, Mon-Fri), and two 5-day sessions of frog/button making and repair plus advanced restorations with George Rubino (June 8-19, Mon-Fri). Lynn Armour Hannings will return in 2016 to teach bow making and repair. Call J. Brown at 909-624-0489 or visit for more information.

(Updated 8/7/14)


Ivory FWS Directors Order 210 Service Tightens Trade in Elephant Ivory

February 26, 2014
Service Director Dan Ashe has issued a Director’s Order tightening controls on the trade of elephant ivory and other products made from protected species. The Order is the first in a series of administrative actions to further restrict commercialization of elephant ivory as called for in the Administration’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. Shortly after signing the Order, Director Ashe testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the National Strategy. Also testifying were Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones and the Department of Justice's Assistant Attorney General Robert G. Dreher, together representing the three co-chairing agencies of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking.

More information can be found at

Policy (PDF) (

Amendment to Director Policy 210 (

Police investigate armed robbery of $6 million Stradivarius violin

New York Times Article Highlights VSA Member

An article entitled "David Bromberg and Nancy Josephson: Duet for Violin and Voodoo" was featured in the Home & Garden Section of The New York Times on October 23. To read the article visit

All Issues of the VSA Journal Are Now Available Online

Christopher Germain, VSA President, September 25, 2013

Today we have achieved the longtime dream of making the VSA Journal (Proceedings and Papers) available online, searchable by query search. As a benefit of VSA membership, you now have searchable access to 40 years of expertise on all aspects of instrument and bow making, historical issues, identification, acoustics, legal advice, shop tips, and more--from leaders in our field, past and present. There is simply nothing else like it. 

 The VSA Archive is sponsored by, which is now owned by Tarisio auctions. We extend our grateful thanks to Tarisio’s Director, Jason Price, and his team of developers for their hard work and generosity building this website for this historic endeavor. 

To log on, click here

Use your VSA username and password to access. If you don't know them, visit VSA-FAQ or call the office, 407-647-8839, for assistance.

In addition to the VSA Journals, Proceedings and Papers the CAS Newsletters and Journals are now online in cooperation with Stanford University. They can be viewed at

If your membership has lapsed, click here  to join or renew.

(Posted Sept. 25, 2013)

the Strad offers VSA Members Exclusive Discount


VSA members get a 36% discount on their subscription to the Strad. This offer covers renewals and the 36% discount for future years. Already a member and looking for the discount code? On the members only page when you login, toward the bottom. Discount for VSA Members is offering a 25% membership discount to VSA members on 1-year and 2-year subscriptions. The 1-year subscription is reduced to $90 (instead of $119.95) and the 2-year subscription costs $142.50 (instead of $189.95). To take advantage of this offer, VSA members should purchase Cozio memberships from the Cozio store (1-year and 2-year) and then enter the discount code VSAMEM when checking out. Any questions about this offer should be addressed to


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