JMC Lutherie Soundboard - my visit in Switzerland!

September 08, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

My visit to JMC Lutherie factory is the theme of the new blog entry. How to start the first story about this special JMC Soundboard invented and built by this Swiss company in Le Brassus, Switzerland?

 

My first impressions were the information I got from JMC website and the retail prices provided by the High-End Company AG which i represent in Austria.

 

I learned that the mastermind Jeanmichel Capt of JMC has built folk guitars for decades and the beautiful Soundboard inherited similar technique - tuned to transport the full frequency spectrum with suitable neutrality as a loudspeaker. As I played the classical guitar for more than 10 years I was curious to audition this elegant "loudspeaker" in reality. I tried to be as open as possible to get a serious, complete impression.

 

Hotel De La Lande, Le Brassus, Switzerland - JMC Soundboard

 

Valle de Joux - the Risoud Forest there is the perfect source for tonewood of well-known quality. 350 years are needed for the "perfect resonance spruce" to grow - the chance is about 10000:1 that one tree is the right one to build musical instruments or lutherie. Since generations many Lutherie companies know the forest because of the high-quality tonewood there. At an altitude of 1200m you find them protected in small valleys of the wood. The tree must be grown straight, must not rotate, only branches near the top.

 

Jeanmichel Capt, mastermind of JMC Lutherie Soundboard - in the Risoud Forest

 

At the 8th of August I arrived in Le Brassus in the Vallee de Joux - thirty minutes north of Lake Geneva. Many famous Swiss luxury watch companies are situated directly in the village or in the region - like Audemars Piguet or Blancpain. JMC manufactures special resonance boards and other products built for these watch brands  - to amplify the sound of these famous watches. Hublot already bought a custom designed JMC Soundboard for all Hublot boutiques around the world!

 

JMC Lutherie Soundboard - showroom in Le Brassus, Soundboard

 

Morning in the showroom: Céline Renaud, Director & Founder explains the JMC Soundboard - extraordinary design!! Several versions hanging on all walls.

 

And then she pressed the play button - wow, I hear a Cello with power and strong impact - I am surprised! It is a very compact sound, has impact, beautiful timbre and faster, deeper bass I ever awaited... I stood up - the Soundboard was attached assymetrical on one wall. You can walk through the whole big room - the quality stays - same sound everywhere, no bass problems caused by resonances.

 

Higher volumes are possible - your amplifier should have stable 80 - 100 Watts at 8 Ohm. For very large audiences use more pieces.

 

JMC Soundboard Marc J. Pasini limited edition

 

So what is the JMC Soundboard now? A loudspeaker, a sound furniture, an instrument, luxury Swiss design, Stealth High-End HiFi?

 

You must have a personal rendezvous with the JMC Soundboard to discover what it means to you! It seems to be the perfect solution for every living room - great sound - you recognize only luxury design on the wall. On the other hand it can make phantastic sound in shops, luxury hotels and other places. Custom built version are available. Everything built in Switzerland, all parts from there.

 

The Austrian retail prices start at Euro 9000,- incl. VAT.

Dimensions: 89x89x21cm, Weight 12kg

 

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