For a month now I am a happy owner of a new Hans Pluhar violin, Stradivari copy, still in the break in period. My grandfather bought a Gustav Luetschg, a copy of del Gesu in Berne a century ago, my father a fine violin from Torino which now is two hundred years old. For a limited time I also played a Stradivari and a Bergonzi, excellent instruments but both far away from my wallet. My Pluhar was very much appreciated now by a well known Russian virtuoso and wherever I show it, people are impressed. After a year I plan to give it to a really skilled young solo player who is really able to get even more out of it and I would like to get again a new instrument of Hans to start scales and double stops over for octaves three times daily.