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[History of Japanese musical instruments] Violin: Suzuki Violin

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Suzuki Violin is a Japanese violin maker. It is a famous Japanese violin maker that can compete with manufacturers in other countries such as Italy, Germany, and France, and it was founded in the Meiji era. Masakichi Suzuki, a manufacturer with a very long history, was actually a shamisen player, but eventually founded a violin manufacturing company. This time, I will write an article about the history of Suzuki violin, a Japanese violin maker.

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Location

This instrument was born in a rental house in Higashimonmae-cho, Nagoya-ku, Japan.

Development company

Suzuki Violin Co., Ltd.

2-3-1 Momoyama-cho, Obu-shi, Aichi, Japan

founder

Masakichi Suzuki December 11, 1859-January 31, 1944

Masakichi Suzuki was born as the second son of Masakichi Suzuki, a concentric member of the Owari clan, and his wife, Tani. His father, Masaharu, was born in Nagoya and is his mother and daughter of a priest. Masaharu was making koto and shamisen. Masakichi was adopted by another family, but at the age of ten his adoptive father died and he returned to his parents’ home. Masakichi aimed to become a shamisen craftsman, but he saw a violin made in Japan and thought about making and selling a violin. In 1885, he started manufacturing violins at a rental house in Higashimonmae-cho, Nagoya-ku, and succeeded in expanding sales channels by signing contracts with a common interest trading company in Tokyo Ginza and Sasuke Miki in Osaka. After he resigned as president during the Great Depression, he devoted himself to musical instrument research. Masakichi seems to have devoted himself to his work until three days before he fell asleep.

history

In 1887, the founder Masakichi Suzuki began producing violins, and the first was completed in 1888. A factory was built in 1890. At the time of World War I around 1914, attention was focused on the Suzuki violin when the production of Germany, which had monopolized the world violin market, was cut off. With a flood of orders from all over the world, Suzuki Violin has more than 1000 employees, producing 500 violins and more than 1000 bows every day, and has reached its peak. However, in the 1920s, the Great Depression struck, and the violin production situation became severe, causing a temporary slump in business. Masakichi Suzuki resigned as president due to the collapse of real estate and severe financial lending. It was reorganized into a corporation in 1930 and became the current name of Suzuki Violin Co., Ltd. In 2019, the head office was relocated to Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, but in January 2021, it was relocated to Obu-shi, Aichi. Currently, we are holding a violin class. We also started producing books and DVDs for violin school teaching materials.

The rise of electronic violins

As the times change, competitors will inevitably emerge. With the progress of digitalization, electronic violins have appeared. There are advantages and disadvantages compared to conventional violins.

Acoustic violin

  • No power required
  • Can play live sounds
  • Due to the sound, it cannot be played in an apartment building.

Electronic violin

  • The loudness of the sound can be adjusted
  • You can practice even in a small house
  • It is a thin electronic sound that is played.

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