Since I regularly perform two very different styles of music – classical and early music, and Irish traditional – I needed a fiddle with the sensibilities of a "classical" violin (well-balanced, the ability to project and articulate), as well as sensibilities of good "fiddle" (a bit darker on the lower end; a sound that can be pushed and pulled to encompass the grittiness and sweetness of Irish music). I had the opportunity to play two Gaurneri violins that had the perfect balance of these qualities, so it made sense to give Peter’s Gaurneri copy a try. Peter’s violin was only three months old when I first played it. I was always a bit wary of new violins only because I had not had much experience with them, and was afraid I didn’t know enough to gauge how they might open up. The sound even then was exactly what I was looking for, and it continues to open up in the most wonderful ways. There was never a thin, harsh or uneven moment in its life, and it continually challenges me to find its limits.