Hellmich Violins

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Sustainability

Awareness &

Responsibility

To me, sustainability means preserving resources and the regenerative capacity of our ecosystem for future generations.

The ways to do this in our personal lives are numerous, starting with eliminating single-use plastic, switching to a green electricity provider, recycling and much more.

In violin making, too, awareness and thus demand for the topic of sustainability is growing. Therefore, I offer in my workshop all kinds of interesting products, from cases to accessories, to the material wood.

Not only are my instruments 100% handcrafted, but they offer several eco-friendly options that I would be happy to discuss with you in person.

Somewhat

Return

When you purchase one of my instruments or use a service from my workshop, a portion of the proceeds goes to reforestation.

Through this I would like to return to nature in gratitude what She has given me to build stringed instruments.

"Business as usual" is not an option

The overexploitation of tropical woods used in violin making for fingerboard, tailpiece, pegs and bow stick is one of the main issues posing new challenges to the musical instrument trade.

Not only the immense transport distances involved in sourcing, but above all the deforestation of the rainforest and the threat of extinction of certain pernambuco, ebony and rosewood species have led to these varieties being subject to strict CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) regulations during logging and distribution.

It can be assumed that, due to the overexploitation of the tropical rainforest, these regulations will also become significantly stricter in the future and thus also lead to further restrictions in the musical instrument industry.

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New ways &

Sustainable
Alternatives

There is a good reason why musical instrument makers use tropical woods, because their growth makes them much denser and harder, which is immensely important for the longevity of the pegs, upper and lower saddles and fingerboard.

Through newly developed processes, companies such as Swisssolutions and Neo-Ebène Sàrl have developed excellent alternatives, which I am happy to incorporate into my work:

For example, Swiss Solutions’ Sonowood from sustainable forestry was developed in 2016 as a spin-off of ETH Zurich and Empa. Their interdisciplinary team of natural scientists and wood experts has set itself the task of modifying domestic woods and their properties so that they obtain comparable characteristics to tropical woods. Especially the natural fretboards can be a visual highlight.

Corene is another alternative and a fingerboard developed by Neo-Ebène Sàrl, made of ecological composite material. This not only looks like ebony, but also corresponds to its properties. For fingerboards and accessories such as chinrests, tailpieces and pegs, the German company Berdani has developed an excellent solution made of paper-based material called “Dark Paper”, which is 100% biodegradable.

Idea driver vs.

Overforestation

The high quality maple from Bosnia and Romania also suffers from overforestation.

For this purpose, the bar manufacturer “Despieu” has developed a solution to save resources and reconsidered the selection criterion for trees.

In the case of the bridge, the basic requirement for an excellent sound is crucial, but this does not necessarily have to coincide with a flawless appearance. Before 2020, small visual defects or discoloration caused the tree to be sorted out immediately.

The “Despieu Planet Bridge” convinces with its excellent sound quality, only the appearance shows aesthetic variations.

So you see: there are many high-quality alternatives that are sonically equal and allow us sustainable sound art.

My approach
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I choose suppliers carefully to minimize transport distances. I purchase handmade instruments for rental exclusively from Europe, which I then personally optimize for playability in my violin making workshop in Munich. In the assortment you will find violins, violas and cellos for beginners and advanced players, on request in all sizes.

All office supplies are made from recycled materials. And I pay attention to an environmentally friendly manufacturing process.

Want to learn more about my history as a violin maker or my manufacturing process? Then I cordially invite you to do so further down the page.

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Lisa Hellmich, violin maker in Munich

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