Cuba’s Violin Shortage

In this Oct. 6, 2014 photo, damaged violins hang on the wall before being repaired at the Luthier Workshop of Havana, a state-run workshop where craftsmen make and repair violas, cellos and violins in Havana, Cuba. Before Cuba’s 1959 revolution, many students played violins, violas, cellos and bass from European workshops. After it, the SovietContinue reading “Cuba’s Violin Shortage”

In this Oct. 6, 2014 photo, damaged violins hang on the wall before being repaired at the Luthier Workshop of Havana, a state-run workshop where craftsmen make and repair violas, cellos and violins in Havana, Cuba. Before Cuba’s 1959 revolution, many students played violins, violas, cellos and bass from European workshops. After it, the Soviet Union provided violins and cellos, along with many other goods. Now, as Cuba struggles to revive its stagnant centrally planned economy, students must make do with violins from China that too easily pop strings and lose their tone. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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