The twenty-third acoustic test of our section, devoted to the acoustic qualities of contemporary violinmaking, features the sound of a violin made in the summer of 2013 by violinmaker Philippe Devanneaux. He was born in Paris, where he studied Musicology until he was 21; then he moved to Cremona to learn how to make stringed instruments. Throughout the years he developed hiw own skills with the help of some expert violinmakers; he finally made his first violin at the end of the 80s. Moreover, he attended a 2-year- training course about restoration of stringed instruments and another 2-year course about bowmaking. Philippe Devanneaux only makes violins using the classical Cremonese method of inner mould and carries out threading and gouging when the body of the violin is open. He has acquired great experience and opened his own permanent violinmaking workshop in Cremona, at 12 via Sicardo in 1990. Besides being a violinmaker and a restorer, Philippe is available for frequent guided visits to his workshop, together with short music auditions. After testing, in the past few months, two interesting violas he made, at last we had the opportunity of appreciating the sound qualities of his latest violin. The instrument is a really personal one: the 2-piece spruce wood of the front comes from Val di Fiemme, while the long-seasoned maple wood of the 1-piece back comes from the Balkans; the varnish, made by Devanneaux himself, is dark brown and alcohol-based. This violin has already been played by talented musicians so far. During our acoustic test, the musician Lena Yokoyama played J.S. Bach's Sonata BW 1001, highlighting the qualities of the “sparkling” instrument: excellent balance between strings, quite good power, good dynamics, easy to play thanks to the small-medium sized neck . The instrument is suitable for high-level violinists, in particular for chamber music repertoire. Here is our audio-video contribution. For further information e-mail to : info@houseofviolin.com