Paris luthier casts renewed doubt over ‘Titanic violin’main
The Paris instrument maker Frédéric Levi has been following with professional interest the story of Wallace Hartley’s violin that supposedly went down with the Titanic. M Levi does not dispute the various tests that have been carried out on the instrument over the past seven years, but he poses a simple question: why has the object not been presented for examination to a qualified luthier?
M Levi has been in touch with the auctioneers and told them that he finds various inconsistencies with the story of the violin – the state of preservation, tempering of the varnish and more.
He adds that, in his experience, immersion in water would not cause cracks on the front , and that traces of glue suggest attempts at repair that were not connected to any immersion. His concerns add a further dimension of doubt.
The mass media, meanwhile, continue to repeat unfounded claims and speculative values.