Author Archives: Alain Giraud

About Alain Giraud

Alain Giraud, a French scientist, who at various times in his career studied and taught in the United States, (Ann Arbor, Michigan; Stanford, California,) started playing and collecting string instruments when he retired at sixty. He published an article on François Chanot’s 1820 innovative design in the September 2004 issue of the Strad magazine, and collaborated on Sylvette Milliot’s new book about J.B. Vuillaume. He presently lives in London.

The Value of String Instruments at the End of the 18th Century

There is, in the National Archives of the French Republic, a document of exceptional interest for the history of the violin trade: the inventory of musical instruments seized by the revolutionaries in Paris in 1792. 1792 was the apex of … Continue reading

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