The G.A.Pfretzschner workshop produced some excellent instruments and bows in the first part of the last century. This violin is an especially nice example of the best instruments produced in his workshop.
By the late 19th century, famous workshops in Mirecourt, France were making some of their finest instruments. This is an excellent example of Mirecourt workmanship of that era.
Branded "Concert Violin" on the back of the scroll.
Anders Halverson emigrated from Sweden to Chicago in 1924 to work for Lewis & Son, then moved to Nashville, Michigan two years later. He established a shop with William Meyers which became popular with musicians across the Midwest.
Werner Barth worked with his father Robert and stayed on until 1962. This violin has an excellent tone, brilliant but with depth and fullness, which makes it a real joy to play.
Derazey studied first in Mirecourt then went on to Paris where he worked for several shops before returning to Mirecourt. His workshop quickly became very successful because of the high quality of his work. He worked very much in the style of Vuillaume. This violin is quick and responsive with a brilliant tone.
Buthod was one of many gifted makers who worked for Vuillaume before joining Husson in Mirecourt forming a large and successful workshop. This is a very fine violin and is in superb condition.
The firm of Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy (J.T.L.) was founded in 1861 and continued for almost a century, making high quality instruments under a number of names. This well crafted violin has an excellent tone.
John Aschow was one of top makers in the San Francisco area during the first part of the 20th century. The Aschow shop was continued until 1969 by his son. This violin is an excellent example of John Aschow's work.
Born in 1907, this excellent maker worked in Berlin and Hamburg before settling in Hohendorf. This violin is in perfect condition and has a brilliant, responsive tone.
Gustave Bazin was a member of the famous Bazin bow making family. He worked with important violin makers such as Emile Laurent and Collin-Mezin before returning to Mirecourt making instruments in the Parisian style.
Although not well known, Ghode was a fine maker, as evidenced by this violin.
Beginning in the latter part of the 19th century, William Lewis & Sons in Chicago was one of the most important violin shops in the world. Their instruments labeled Gustav August Ficker were always of highest quality and this excellent violin is one of their finest.
The Aubert workshop is famous for the very finest bridges for bowed string instruments. For many years they have also maintained a very small workshop making very fine violins, violas and cellos.