condition: excellent make / manufacturer: Dudley Reed model name / number: 117
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Rare 1954 Dudley Reed Violin, Numbered 117 and dated 1954. This Violin had one owner who played it professionally in the Utah Symphony Orchestra for 43 years. Always professionally maintained and serviced.
One piece back of strongly curled maple, descending from left to right with matching ribs and scroll. The two piece top is of medium grain spruce, widening at the flanks. The violin is modeled after a Stradivari style. The spirit varnish is of a cinnamon brown with a pale yellow undercoat.
Dudley Reed used only woods of at least 50 years old and some as old as 150 years in the construction of his fine violins. Reed was passionate about making the best violins in the world. Edward Preodor, at one time head of the Strings Department of the University of Florida School of Music and conductor of the University Symphony orchestra, later of the University of South Florida at Tampa, considered by authorities to be one of America's top violinists and conductors, has said "A discriminating listener could not tell the difference between a Strad and one of Reed's better violins. In fact, I would rather play one pf Reed's than ANY that are being built anywhere today."
Includes Violin, Bow and Case.
Certified Appraisal (2017) from Peter Prier & Sons Violins for $14,000.00 (Violin)
$700.00 Gottfried Sturm Bow (appraisal)
$385.00 Jager Case (appraisal)
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