Terry Borman violin maker, violinmaker
Computed Tomography Scanning

About 6 years ago, Terry began studying instruments using medical Computed Tomography (CT). CT scans, along with
our specially designed analysis software, allows us to see things that the naked eye cannot.
It reveals past repairs hidden by skilled restorers; allows for exact measurements of instrument's thicknesses,
and arching patterns, and can measure the wood density of the instrument.

His research has also led to publishing several articles and research papers including
"A Comparison of Wood Density between Classic Cremonese and Modern Violins",
in the scientific journal PLoS One. CT and Modal Analysis of the Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu
Strad Magazine, January 2011 and others which can be found here.

Originally, he began scanning classical instruments merely to study them and incorporate the information into his
own instrument making. Instruments he studied included the Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu,
the ‘Jarnowich’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ of 1741 and the 1707 'Cathedrale" Stradivari among others.

Since a prior repair can depreciate an instrument's value by as much as 50%,
major shops and auction houses have been using this technology to decide whether they want
to acquire an instrument. But they do not as a rule share that information with buyers.

Terry soon realized that we had the opportunity to level the playing field for musicians and investors;
to give them the same information available to the dealer so they can negotiate a fair price.

This led to the establishment of Instrumental Insight which provides
scanning services and completely independent condition reports for musicians, investors,
and smaller shops who do not have access to the same technology.
Please visit the website to see a sample report and for more information on this service.
This service was also featured in Strings Magazine, and The Strad.

Come along with us for a 2 minute trip inside an historic 1735 violin.

The movie begins at the lower button and travels through the body,
past the soundpost and ends at the neck.
Extremely bright objects
are metal such as chinrest hardware, strings, etc.

Press PLAY arrow to begin movie
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