A 20th Century French Violin From The Workshops of Jerome Thibouville Lamy
There are but a few firms who one might claim have contributed to and shaped our industry as much as that of JTL, a powerhouse of craftsmanship operating from 1857-1968, which produced as many as 150,000 instruments, bows, and other products yearly at its height and employed over 1000 craftsmen. Their extensive catalogue and collections serviced every niche of the classical music industry, ranging from commercial instruments a child might start their musical journey on to definitive works still honored and sought after today by performers and collectors alike, as well as everything you could imagine in between.
This clean 20th century French violin from the Mirecourt workshops of Jerome Thibouville Lamy bears their original label in its belly and boasts both more refined craftsmanship and commendable choice of tonewoods. The back, in two pieces of tight irregular flame, with matching ribs but plain headstock; the table, of tight even grained spruce. Like many French violins of this ouvre, the dimensions are somewhat larger - the back measures in at a length of 362mm, which is not uncommon, and lends the instrument a depth of color and broadness in sound that still demonstrates both punch and sizzle without the characteristic French nasality that one might shy away from. It retains its original pegs in good working order, matching 112mm rosewood tailpiece with an ebony saddle, and a Hill style titanium tuner from Strad pet, with a freshly fitted bridge, dominant strings with a gold label “E” and ebony chinrest. Altogether, in fantastic condition and quite competitive for its price.