Emanuel Whitmarsh violin, London
Emanuel Whitmarsh established his London workshop in 1856, making a large number of violins in the following half century, before his death in 1908. This well-sounding example is typical of his work, with its strong modelling and broad, flat edges. The tone has an unusual refinement, in comparison to many of the other Whitmarsh violins we have played over the years, with a warm, creamy quality across the lower and middle registers, and plenty of clarity and strength on the E string without ever being harsh. This would make a fine violin for an advancing student.