Gainesville violin maker brings joy to beginners and experts alike
In an age where nearly everything people consume and enjoy comes off the factory line, it’s rare to find something made by hand. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Gilmore met with Gainesville violin maker Jan van Rooyen on the blind beauty of sound and his journey from the streets of South Africa to the suburbs of Gainesville.
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