This violin of great character will be appreciated by a violinist requiring a versatile instrument that is at home in multiple genres and venues. Made by history’s most prolific maker, George Craske, this important violin offers outstanding power and projection and a sonorous, clear and pure sound. The back is of one piece of maple, with an indistinct grain pattern. The top is of four pieces of fine to medium grained spruce. The varnish is dark brown over a golden ground.
English violinmaker George Craske was born in 1797, and is known today for his astounding output of over 2,500 instruments, all made by his own hand without the help of others, making him history’s most prolific violinmaker. His quality work originated at an early age, studying with one of the most respected English violinmakers, William Forster, and soon afterwards working for the great Thomas Dodd. Craske was an accomplished and expert copyist, very familiar with the work of Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri. He made violins until the year of his death, in 1888, at the age of 91. In the last 20 years of his life, he worked alone, in total seclusion, focusing mainly on Guarneri patterns. Acquiring high quality materials from Dodd, which he used throughout his career, he left his entire output to his friend George Crompton. These instruments were then acquired by the famed London firm, W. E. Hill & Sons, installing Hill labels, including the name of George Craske.