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Texas music professor cuddles ‘$265K’ violin amid power outages

Sound asleep! Music professor hit by Texas power outages is snuggling with his 330-year-old ‘$265K’ Matteo Goffriller violin to keep it warm for fear it will CRACK in the icy weather

  • Aaron Boyd has been sleeping with his 330-year-old violin amid power outages in icy Texas
  • The instrument was made by renowned luthier Matteo Goffriller in Venice back in 1690
  • Boyd purchased the violin in New York City 10 years ago; other violins crafted by Goffriller have sold for between $235,000 and $265,000 
  • The music professor needs to keep the violin warm as it could crack in freezing temperatures
  • He has kept the violin in its case, wrapped it in blankets and placed it in bed between himself and his son hoping their body warmth will keep it safe  

A music professor in Texas has been forced to sleep with his 330-year-old violin to keep it warm, for fear it will crack in cold weather. 

Aaron Boyd, who is the director of chamber music at Southern Methodist University, bundled the instrument up in blankets before snuggling with it after the power went out at his Plano home amid a winter storm earlier this week. 

‘I treat this violin as if it were a living creature,’ Boyd told The Dallas Morning News on Friday. 

Temperatures inside Boyd’s home dropped down into the 40s (between 4 and 9 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday, so he has been sleeping next to the violin for the past three nights. 

‘Once it’s cracked, you have to have it fixed -and it’s never quite the same afterwards,’ Boyd stated. 

The violin was made by renowned luthier Matteo Goffriller in Venice back in 1690. 

Music professor Aaron Boyd has been forced to sleep with his 330-year-old violin in Plano, Texas for fear it will crack in cold weather following statewide power outages 

The violin was made by renowned luthier Matteo Goffriller in Venice back in 1690. Boyd claims that when he laid eyes on the instrument 'it was love at first sight'

The violin was made by renowned luthier Matteo Goffriller in Venice back in 1690. Boyd claims that when he laid eyes on the instrument ‘it was love at first sight’ 

Boyd – a violinist who has played in concert halls across the world – discovered the instrument in a music store a decade ago. The item was so precious that the store’s owner had kept it locked in a safe. 

‘It was love at first sight,’ Boyd reminisced to the publication.  

‘I spent the next six months waking up and going to sleep with a calculator in my hand, trying to see how I could make it happen,’ Boyd stated, adding that the cost of the violin was more than he could afford.  

‘It’s a love affair I have with a particular instrument which expresses the sound I’m looking for. 

While Boyd did not reveal how much he paid for the instrument, another Matteo Goffriller violin was sold at Christie’s auction house for $265,000 back in 2008. 

Back in 2016, another Matteo Goffriller violin was stolen from a train carriage in London, sparking a frantic search. That instrument was valued at $235,000. 

A woman was subsequently arrested for the theft when it was found 10 months later.  

While Boyd did not reveal how much he paid for the instrument, this Matteo Goffriller violin was sold at Christie's auction house for $265,000 back in 2008.

While Boyd did not reveal how much he paid for the instrument, this Matteo Goffriller violin was sold at Christie’s auction house for $265,000 back in 2008.

Boyd - a violinist who has played in concert halls across the world - discovered the instrument in a music store a decade ago

Boyd – a violinist who has played in concert halls across the world – discovered the instrument in a music store a decade ago

Boyd told FOX4 that he placed the violin between himself and his five-year-old son, hoping that their body warmth – in addition to the bundle of blankets – would keep it nice and warm. 

While power has returned to Plano, Boyd is not yet ready to stop snuggling with the violin. 

‘I think if we have a couple of days of secure power, regular power, regular heat, I will feel comfortable putting him back in his own room downstairs,’ he stated. 

According to Ingles & Hayday, Goffriller spent a generation ‘as Venice’s most famous maker of stringed instruments’ between 1685 and 1710 and he had a profound influence on the great Venetian violin makers of the early 18th century — Montagnana, Gobetti, Tononi, Serafin and Guarneri.’

His violins and cellos became known for their deep red varnish, which went on to become ‘the hallmark of a Venetian instrument.’

While power has returned to Plano, Boyd is not yet ready to stop snuggling with the violin

While power has returned to Plano, Boyd is not yet ready to stop snuggling with the violin

Temperatures have dropped below freezing in Plano this week, as Texas battles extreme winter weather

Temperatures have dropped below freezing in Plano this week, as Texas battles extreme winter weather 

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