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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Glier was born and trained in Markneukirchen, moving to Cincinnati in 1885. He first worked for Wurlitzer before establishing his own successful shop.
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
The firm of Laberte-Humbert in Mirecourt was formed at the beginning of the 20th century by the important luthier Marc Laberte. This violin is an excellent example of the work of this important firm.
Though the Heberlein workshop produced many instruments, they maintained high standards of quality, both in workmanship and tone.
Alfred Waller was a respected maker in Minneapolis for nearly forty years, making almost 200 instruments. He worked with Mathais Dahl then opening his own workshop in 1932. This is a nice example of his work.
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.
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.