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4,000 violins destroyed in fire at Europe's largest factory for guitars and bowed instruments

Laura  Barnes
4,000 violins destroyed in fire at Europe's largest factory for guitars and bowed instruments

Around 4,000 newly crafted violins have been destroyed in a fire at the Hora musical instrument factory in Reghin, Romania this week.

Founded in 1951, Hora is the largest factory for guitars and bowed instruments in Europe and produces more than 50,000 guitars, 10,000 violins, 5,000 mandolins and 2,500 cellos and double basses each year.

The facility also manufactures a number of lesser-known traditional instruments such as the Irish bouzoukis, panflutes, balalaikas and more.

The fire is said to have engulfed the violin storage section of the factory and extensively damaged the building and operations, causing damage worth over €250,000.
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The fire is believed to have been started by an electrical short circuit.

Tags: violins , fire , Hora , musical instrument factory

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