Posted on January 11, 2010February 7, 2024 by Dale Phillips Review: Making and Playing Musical Instruments by Jack Botermans, Herman Dewit, and Hans Godefroy Review: Making and Playing Musical Instruments by Jack Botermans, Herman Dewit, and Hans Godefroy Reviewed by David Riggs Originally published in American Lutherie #58, 1999 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Five, 2008 Making and Playing Musical Instruments Jack Botermans, Herman Dewit, and Hans Godefroy University of Washington Press ISBN 0295969482 This book is primarily for hobbyists. Not that one could not find buyers for the kalimbas, alpenhorns, and talharpas made from descriptions to be found in its pages, as such instruments are staples at craft fairs, weekend markets, and other venues for ethnic and folk art. But it just might be of greater use to professionals than is apparent. The urge — or summons — to make something special for a musically inclined friend or relative will eventually strike anyone known to make instruments. Explaining the economic realities of instrument making is embarrassing at best. I have sat in the homes of luthiers in several countries and listened as they played a cheap offshore instrument. Believe me, you are not alone. This book may help provide a solution. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.