Carl Becker is considered by many as the greatest violin maker in the history of American violin making. The grandson of violin maker Herman Macklett, Carl worked with John Hornsteiner at Lyon & Healy. He worked with Hornsteiner until 1924 when he joined the firm of William Lewis & Son. He spent his summers in Wisconsin making new instruments. Starting with his son Carl Jr., he formed a violin making dynasty which continues to this day. This beautiful cello is a fine example of Carl’s instruments, made when he was producing his best work.