The Clear Sounds of Tetsuo Matsuda, Violin Maker

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Tetsuo Matsuda is a master violin, viola and cello maker, living in the Midwest near Chicago. Among the images are of his studio, where he builds his instruments. Read his full story in the Voices of Chicago section on the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society website (www.CJAHS.org).

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Tetsuo Matsuda at Work

Carving a back panel.

Courtesy of Shiho Toyonaga

Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Matsuda Carving

Working on an instrument.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Matsuda at Work

Matsuda carving.

Courtesy of Shiho Toyonaga

Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Matsuda's Office

Matsuda's office is in a quiet, rustic setting.

Courtesy of Shiho Toyonaga

Matsuda's Studio
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Cello Front Panel

This panel, in the window of his studio, will become part of one of Matsuda's cellos.

Courtesy of Shiho Toyonaga

Matsuda's Studio
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Prints

A print of master maker's instruments on an easel in Matsuda's studio.

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Matsuda's Studio
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Tools

Matsuda's tools hanging in the studio.

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Matsuda's Studio
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Matsuda's workstation

Here is where he carves the panels.

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Tetsuo Matsuda's Studio
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Works in Progress

Instruments under construction.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Scroll Construction

Matsuda working on a scroll.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Part

Body of a violin.

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Matsuda's Studio
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Violin Panel

Front panel of a violin.

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Matsuda
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Part

Scroll of a violin.

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Matsuda
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Template

Template of violin.

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Matsuda
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Finished Products

A newly-built violin and viola in Matsuda's studio.

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Matsuda's Studio
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Matsuda Examines His Work

Matsuda polishing a newly-built viola.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Portfolio

Matsuda looking at his portfolio.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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The Finished Product

A newly-built viola.

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Matsuda's Studio
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Matsuda's Portfolio

Photos of his creations.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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First Trial

The author playing a Matsuda viola.

Courtesy of Shiho Toyonaga

Matsuda Viola Played by Shiho Toyonaga
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Matsuda Sketch

Diagram of wood cutting. This illustration is used to teach violin making in Japan. It demonstrates how to cut wood.

Courtesy of Tetsuo Matsuda

Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Illustration

Matsuda's sketch used to teach violin making in Japan.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Japanese Article

Matsuda in an article in a Japanese newspaper.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Exhibition

Matsuda (r.) showing his work at an exhibition in Japan.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Young Matsuda

Matsuda during his first trip to Europe, where he observed Spanish guitar-making studios.

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Tetsuo Matsuda Instrument Maker
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Post War School Picture in Japan

An old post war elementary school class photo from Matsuda's village in Japan.

Courtesy of Tetsuo Matsuda.

Tetsuo Matsuda's Elementary School Picture
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