Joseph Rashid


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Violin Luthier

Joseph Rashid studied the art of violin-making like few others.  His goal was not to mass produce the instrument or even to sell them, but rather to hand-make the instruments based on scientific evidence.  When he could not locate data on frequency measurements, he conducted his own studies to produce the needed data.  These studies helped him create a violin with a higher quality of sound and he happily shared his finding with other luthiers.  The results of many of his studies were published in several magazines on subjects such as acoustic frequencies in wood and string vibration sound waves.  By the age of 95 he had made 95 violins and about 10 other stringed instruments.  At the time of his passing in 2009 at the age of 99, Joe still owned all of the instruments he created and learned from.