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The Catgut Acoustical Society and the New Violin Family Association

The Catgut Acoustical Society and the New Violin Family Association

by Robert J. Spear

previously published in American Lutherie #86, 2006

See also,
Meet the Maker: Carleen Hutchins by Alan Carruth
The New Violin Family by Alan Carruth

The Catgut Acoustical Society (CAS) had been known for nearly fifty years for the creation of the violin octet, mainly through the research and development of Carleen Hutchins (with the assistance of over a hundred society members), but the society also undertook a number of acoustically related projects during this same period. As the 20th century ended, some members wanted to focus more on these areas. There was also a growing feeling among the octet developers that this magnificent set of instruments needed to leave the world of science and enter the world’s concert stages.

At the end of 1999, the society split into two groups, with one retaining the original CAS name and research focus. The other, the New Violin Family Association (NVFA), was formed to take on the challenge of promoting the Violin Octet. The division produced advantages and disadvantages for all concerned. The CAS and NVFA were now free to focus more directly on their respective areas of interest. But both were considerably smaller and financially weaker after the membership divided, and each soon had to redefine itself.

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