In December 2015, we acquired a collection of some 200 good quality 'retired' German student violins and violas with the intent of restoring them and placing them in the hands of a new generation of players. They have become the project of our new upper-strings repair specalist, the talented Dave Fortner. Most were in sound condition for their age (mainly the 1970's), lacking cosmetic work and new setup parts. A number are damaged to severely damaged - most shops would discard them as unprofitable, but they've been serving as projects to learn major repairs, and every single one is being meticulously repaired to high standards. The repaired instruments are going into our Loaner program to assist in starting orchestra programs in schools that don't yet have a budget, and each violin will continue to facilitate the opportunity to start music for students for decades to come. The instruments that needed only cosmetic and setup work are going into our rental fleet - giving beginning violinists the opportunity of starting with a high-quality, mature-sounding vintage German violin (and sparing their parents from the fate of having to listen to a garden-variety, scratchy, tinny violin as is commonly offered to rental customers).