A Fine American Violin by: Carl Becker & Son, Chicago 1957
An excellent violin by Carl Becker & Son, Chicago 1957. Carl G. Becker (b.1887, d.1975) and his son, Carl F. Becker (b.1919, d.2013) are regarded as the two finest American violinmakers. Carl Becker Sr. made his first instrument at 14 years of age and was shortly thereafter employed by Lyon & Healy then William Lewis & Sons where he remained until 1968, at which time he and his son started their own company. Carl Becker Jr. began assisting his father in his production in the mid-30’s. Their many instruments feature exquisitely precise workmanship, remarkably soft, thin oil varnish, and smooth, rich, powerful and beautiful singing tone. Additionally, they repaired and restored many masterpieces including the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius. Many of the world's leading players use these superb instruments including a large number of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.