I have always admired my violin, which I bought from its maker in 1987, when it was nearly brand new. David VanZandt lives in Seattle, and every once in awhile I take my beautiful violin home to “Daddy” for him to touch up the varnish and do any needed adjustments. I found that, once I had my new Guadagnini-copy instrument, it made me a better player. It sounds so beautiful, my violin teacher said it sounded much like her 18th-century Italian instrument. It has a warm, brown varnish, and in the sunlight it just glows. It sounds more beautiful, and becomes more valuable every year. And it’s a work of art, in addition to being a musical instrument.