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London, mid 19th century
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A third generation violin maker, Thomas Kennedy began his training with his father, John Kennedy, before apprenticing with Thomas Powell around 1795 and working part-time for William Forster around 1802. In 1804 he established his own business. With the exception of 1849-1853, he worked continuously until his death in 1870. Among his assistants at various times were James Brown, William Forster IV, and James Crowther. This instrument is one of his higher quality instruments with thick, dark oil varnish. Despite being a small instrument, it produces a robust, resonant tone. It is in exceptionally good condition and is easy to play; at once forgiving and responsive.