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20 November, 2017

The JMC creations are available according to your wishes…

The JMC Nomade and JMC Acoustic Docking Station can be personalised

Did you know that the JMC Nomade, the transportable Bluetooth loudspeaker, and the JMC Acoustic Docking Station, the acoustic wooden base that harmonizes the sound coming from a smartphone, can be personalized? Don’t hesitate to ask for your favourite colour or to have your personal message printed on 350-years old wood full of life and vibration… for a warm and more present sound which is typical for musical instruments.

All information concerning the JMC Nomade
All information concerning the JMC Acoustic Docking Station
The World of JMC Lutherie

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‘The JMC Soundboard is a true musical instrument in my living room!’
Sol Gabetta, Cellist

The story of Sol Gabetta and JMC Lutherie started in Gstaad, Switzerland, some years ago, when the famous cellist discovered how the JMC Soundboard transforms sound into music. And she loves that philosophy. ‘You can’t get closer to a real concert experience than having music played on the JMC Soundboard’, or ‘Listening to the JMC Soundboard playing my favourite music is a very emotional experience.’

Discover the JMC Soundboard
Integrations by JMC Lutherie
Artists and customization series of the JMC Soundboard



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Book us for a private ‘Sound Tasting’ or for a ‘Discovery Day’

You can choose according to your own wishes; a conference at a locations chosen by yourself, at our showroom or even at our workshop with a visit into the Risoud Forest. And why not for your company’s party? A ‘Sound Tasting’ isn’t just a sound show. The audience is invited to experience an emotional and musical journey and will get a true feeling how sound transforms into music.
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If you would like to participate at one of our ‘Sound Tastings’, you are welcome to join us during one of our public events.
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23 August, 2017

JMC Lutherie is proud to unveil its new creation! - The JMC Soundboard Live, the professional loudspeaker

The JMC Soundboard Live is a professional speaker that enhances the sound quality of voices, instruments and even music produced. It performs best in places such as conference or concert halls, religious buildings and theatres. It can be set up as a fixed installation, attached to a wall or left mobile on a standard pedestal.

JMC Lutherie is proud to have amplified with the JMC Soundboards Live two exceptional outdoor concerts 'Nuits des Étoiles' (‘Nights under the Stars’) at Meauce Castle in France. Two different and original concerts, directed by famous chef Philippe Fournier and the solists of Confluences Orchestra from Lyon, guitarist Eric Franceries and harpist Catherine Baudichet.

More info about the JMC Soundboard Live

23 August, 2017

Our ‘Discovery Days’ scheduled for this Fall


Following the success this spring, JMC Lutherie organises the ‘Discovery Days’ in the Vallée de Joux this September. A ‘Discovery Day’ start with a ‘Sound Tasting’ by our CEO and Founder Céline Renaud, followed by a visit of our workshop by our famous Luthier and inventor Jeanmichel Capt and a walk in the Risoud Forest to spot resonance spruce. The next ‘Discovery Days’ will take place in French on Tuesdays 12 September and 24 October 2017, and in German on Monday 25 September 2017.

The program of the ‘Discovery days’ is as follows *:
  9.30am Welcome at JMC Lutherie’s Showroom, Route de France 6, 1348 Le Brassus
10.00am ‘Sound Tasting’ by Céline Renaud, Founder and CEO of JMC Lutherie
11.30am Visit of the JMC Lutherie’s workshop by Jeanmichel Capt, founder and luthier
12.30pm Lunch in a Restaurant at the lake
  2.30pm Visit of the Risoud Forest, home of the resonance spruce
  3.30pm app. End

* Program subject to change because of weather conditions

The price of this emotional and musical journey in the Vallée de Joux, valley of Haute Horlogerie and resonance spruce, is CHF 140,- (including lunch and beverages).

It is possible to combine one of these discovery days with other activities in the Vallée de Joux, such as the Watch Museum Espace Horlogers or Observatory Astroval.

To book you place at one of these discovery days, please contact JMC Lutherie by email info@jmclutherie.com or telephone +41 21 845 56 10. The number of participants per discovery day is limited and on first come first serve base.

21 June, 2017

The JMC Soundboard - Every detail counts

The JMC Soundboard has been developed with a lot of attention. To underline the emotional content of the musical message delivered by the membrane made of 350 years old resonance spruce, every detail of the construction of this true musical instrument counts. From the condensers to the suspension, and even the varnishing; everything is built with the greatest care and by selecting only the best components.

First of all, we opted for a membrane made out of resonance spruce, known for centuries for its excellent response to vibrations and used on the best string instruments around the world. This wood can only be found in a few places and we selected the wood from the Risoud Forest, close to our factory in the Valley de Joux in the Swiss Jura Mountains. We select only one absolutely perfect tree among 10,000 in terms of location, environment and structure. One without knots, without resin spots, one that has grown preferably at 1'200 m altitude, slightly in a valley, one that has received enough sun, but well protected from the wind by the neighbouring trees. And above all, the tree has grown perfectly straight.

Gathering the tree also needs special attention, as it takes place at the end of the autumn by a descending moon. Then the tree can be cut in quarters or can be prepared for plywood. After waiting for many years, stored and stabilized in a humidity controlled environment, we can start the building of our instruments.

The first step is to select the finest slices of resonance spruce to create the inner and outer part of the membrane. The luthier makes sure that he selects a softer wood to be placed in the center which will underline the bases. He will choose a harder and more tonique wood for the outer parts of the membrane in order to underline the shining of the high tones. To stabilize the two parts of the membrane, he installs Nomex. This honeycomb made out of Kevlar is well known for its excellent resistance and lightness and had been used in the hulls of yachts like Alinghi or in the wings of the Solar Impulse airplane. In this way, the technical performance of the membrane is extremely high, while it keeps the poetic and musical performance of the resonance spruce.

The choice of actuators has been the subject of years of research and study. For now, only one type has met our requirements because only this one can make the membrane vibrate beautifully. We always speak of a real musical instrument because the membrane is tuned and is completely disconnected from its cover or the wall by a subtle suspension system. The elastic threads used are the same as those used in aerospace. In order to orient the frequencies, a three-way filter has been developed. Each electronic component is the best on the market. The coils, for example, are wounded by hand. The condensers were tested comparatively before we made our final decision.

Varnishing is an important phase, because the varnish must not alter the frequency equilibrium of the membrane. We therefore apply the same varnish as used on our guitars, in thin layers and not penetrating in order to preserve at best the harmonic properties of the spruce.

The result is a real musical instrument. On the one hand, the membrane is curved and mastered, tuned like the top of a guitar or the sounding board of a piano. On the other hand, this membrane is completely suspended and disconnected so that all vibrations are oriented into the membrane and that there will be no loss of vibrations. And above all, the emotional content associated with this living material that has spent more than 350 years of life and vibrations in the forest is incomparable. It is this content that is charged emotionally. The music played gives us a unique and unforgettable feeling and musical experience.

21 June, 2017

The influence of the moon on the JMC Soundboard

Every detail is important, not only to build the JMC Soundboard, but also to select the perfect tree. Did you know that resonance spruce is only cut at the end of the autumn, when the tree is the driest possible because of the position of the moon? It is not only a question whether the moon is increasing or decreasing - in fact it has not to produce too much light at night to leave the plants quiet - but what is important is to pick the tree by a descending moon.

When the moon is descending, it is at the lowest possible position on the horizon. This because the moon orbits the earth in an ellipse and it is the furthest from the Earth in that position. It is the same as the effects on the tides. When the moon is the furthest from the Earth, it will attract less fluids and that’s where the tree will be the driest possible.

The basics of the luthier's know-how is to take seriously in account the hygrometry of the resonance wood. He must be aware that wood changes its dimensions especially across the veins, by several percent according to the hygrometry! On the top of an instrument, this is almost half a centimeter... And since the top is glued on the periphery of the guitar, it will definitely break in the middle when the wood shrinks.

At each stage of the production of his instruments, the luthier will confine himself to using only perfectly dry and stabilized wood.

27 March, 2017

The JMC Soundboard Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

JMC Lutherie filed the patent of the JMC Soundboard exactly ten years ago. Today, we are proud that the loudspeaker built like a true musical instrument and made out of 350 years old tonewood joyfully vibrates in houses, chalets, hotels, restaurants, art galleries, concert halls, religious buildings and many other places in more than 40 countries. Did you know that only one out of 10,000 trees can be used to build high quality guitars?

Discover the 10th anniversary of the JMC Soundboard in facts and figures

1  JMC Soundboard is enough for a compete diffusion of music on a big open space

1.618  is the Golden Ratio or the harmonious proportions present in the construction of the JMC Soundboard

3  divisions of JMC Lutherie: audio, guitars and resonance (Haute Horlogerie)

5  years to dry the resonance spruce before it can be used on the JMC Soundboard

6  months to manufacture a JMC Soundboard

8  activators glued on the membrane of the JMC Soundboard in order to vibrate the tonewood.

10  years is the age of the patent of the JMC Soundboard

13  years of existence of JMC Lutherie

21  the JMC Soundboard JMC is developed using lutherie techniques of the 21st  century

40  countries in which the tonewood of the Risoud Forest is vibrating

50  points of sales represent the JMC Lutherie brand worldwide

89  the size of the JMC Soundboard JMC is 89 cm by 89 cm

100  the number of partners that support JMC Lutherie’s activities

350  years is the age of a mature resonance spruce in the Risoud Forest

1,200  meters is the altitude where you can generally find resonance spruces

3,000  ‘Sound Tastings’ have been performed to present the JMC Soundboard

10,000  only one out of 10'000 trees can be used to build high quality guitars

120,000  people have discovered the JMC Soundboard

27 March, 2017

Explore the Lutherie of the 21st Century during our ‘Discovery Days’

The ‘Sound Tastings’ of JMC Lutherie are already well know, but did you know that our company also organises ‘Discovery Days’ in the Vallée de Joux. A ‘Discovery Day’ start with a ‘Sound Tasting’ by our CEO and Co-Founder Céline Renaud, followed by a visit of our workshop by our famous Luthier and inventor Jeanmichel Capt and a walk in the Risoud Forest to spot resonance spruce. The next ‘Discovery Days’ will take place in French on Tuesday 16 May and Friday 9 June 2017, and in German on Monday 22 May and Monday 19 June 2017.

During the discovery days, the participants will firstly attend a special ‘Sound Tasting’ by CEO and Founder Céline Renaud. She will invite the audience to experience an emotional and musical journey and will get a true feeling how sound transforms into music.

After a lovely lunch in one of the typical local restaurants or alpine chalets, the tour continues with a visit of the JMC Lutherie’s workshop where inventor Jeanmichel Capt will reveal its secrets of the Lutherie of the 21st century. The next stop is the Risoud Forest, home of the resonance spruce.

The program of the discovery days is as follows *:

  9.30am Welcome at JMC Lutherie’s Showroom, Route de France 6, 1348 Le Brassus
10.00am ‘Sound Tasting’ by Céline Renaud, Founder and CEO of JMC Lutherie
11.00am Aperitif and Lunch
  1.30pm Visit of the JMC Lutherie’s workshop by Jeanmichel Capt, founder and luthier
  2.30pm Visit of the Risoud Forest, home of the resonance spruce
  3.30pm app. End

* Program subject to change because of weather conditions

The price of this emotional and musical journey in the Vallée de Joux, valley of Haute Horlogerie and resonance spruce, is CHF 140,- (including lunch and beverages).

It is possible to combine one of these discovery days with other activities in the Vallée de Joux, such as the Watch Museum Espace Horlogers or Observatory Astroval.

To book you place at one of these discovery days, please contact JMC Lutherie by email (info@jmclutherie.com) or telephone (+41 21 845 56 10). The number of participants per discovery day is limited and on first come first serve base.

20 March, 2017

Our Next Events

In English

We are organizing many private events. When you also wish to host a special "Sound Tasting" event or to visit the wonderful Vallée de Joux, you will find more information here :
"Sound Tasting" Conferences

In French

Tuesday 7 November 2017
"Sound Tasting" by our CEO & Founder Céline Renaud
Tedd Connexion
5 avenue de Saxe
F-69006 Lyon
Information and reservation
Mr. Thierry Mestrallet
T +33 478 24 53 43
info@tedd-connexion.com

Saturday 11 November 2017
at 5:00pm
"Sound Tasting" by our CEO & Founder Céline Renaud
JMC Lutherie SA
Route de France 6
1348 Le Brassus
Information and reservation
JMC Lutherie SA
T +41 21 845 56 10
info@jmclutherie.com

Tuesday 14 November 2017
"Sound Tasting" by our CEO & Founder Céline Renaud
in Neuchâtel
With our partners Bula and Chocolats Walder
Information et reservation

Bula SA
Mr. Corrado Prospero
T +41 32 727 15 00
neuchatel@bula-sa.ch

Saturday 2 December 2017 at 7:00 pm
"Sound Tasting" by our CEO & Founder Céline Renaud
Jefferson Hifi Video Sàrl
43 Grande Rue
F - 90160 Pérouse
Information and reservation
Mr. Jefferson Torno
T +33 384 22 22 23
info@jefferson-hifi-video.fr
www.jefferson-hifi-video.fr

In German

 

26 January, 2017

The JMC Soundboard also available as Artwork

Did you know that the JMC Soundboard is also available as artwork? In collaboration with renowned artists such as Marc J. Pasini, Béatrice Mazzuri, Anne-Lise Vullioud and Carel Willink, JMC Lutherie give you the opportunity to personalise your JMC Soundboard according to your wishes. In addition, it is also possible to create a JMC Soundboard of your favourite colour or even to reproduce an image of your choice on it. The perfect way to combine graphical and musical art.

Discover the customisations of the JMC Soundboard

9 January, 2017

JMC Lutherie opens 2017 with ‘Sound Tastings’ in Paris and Brussels

JMC Lutherie is pleased to announce that it has planned ‘Sound Tastings’ in Paris and Brussels. These emotional and musical journeys will take place in Paris on Tuesday 31 January and Wednesday 1 February 2017 and in Brussels on Thursday 2 February 2017

JMC Lutherie didn’t return to the French capital for almost three years, while it will be the first time that the Swiss company will hold a ‘Sound Tasting’ in Belgium. ‘We have had many demands to present the JMC Soundboard and our other creations in these two cities’, states Céline Renaud, CEO and Founder of JMC Lutherie.

During the ‘Sound Tastings’, the French and Belgian spectators will have the opportunity to get a true feeling how sound transforms into music. To hear and feel 350 years old spruce of the Risoud Forest playing music is an amazing and unforgettable moment. During the ‘Sound Tasting’ experience, the spectators are virtually taken into to this magnificent Forest to discover the tree gatherer and the luthier, including the explanations of the traditional and actual Lutherie techniques.

Reservations are needed to join one of the ‘Sound Tastings in Paris or Brussels, because space is limited. JMC Lutherie organize these events in cooperation with L’Audio Distribution, the official distributor for France, Belgium and Luxemburg. 

Program

Tuesday 31 January 2017

8pm       ‘Sound Tasting’ at the Hôtel Bedford, 17 rue de l’Arcade, 75008 Paris

Wednesday 1 February 2017

8pm       ‘Sound Tasting’ at the Hôtel Bedford, 17 rue de l’Arcade, 75008 Paris

Thursday 2 February 2017

7:30pm ‘Sound Tasting’ at the Hôtel Steigenberger Wiltcher's, 71 Avenue Louise, 1050 Brussels

Information and reservations

JMC Lutherie
T +41 21 845 56 10
info@jmclutherie.com
www.jmclutherie.com

L’Audio Distribution
T +33 4 91 06 00 23
info@laudiodistribution.fr
www.laudiodistribution.fr