Fiddle_Cellar is proud to offer this piece of OREGON musical history. In the 1850s William R. McCord was an Oregon pioneer, military officer and later in life. His violins were exhibited at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exhibition, where one (I think mine) was awarded a Gold Medal for workmanship.McCord is well documented in Wenbergs book on American Violin Makers. I have researched him and his violins with the Oregon Historical society and have shown the many research documents I acquired from that research in one of the photos. When I went to the Oregon Historical society to do this research and see the McCord violin they already have on display; I took mine to show them. They were so impressed with the abundance of ornamentation on mine compared to theirs that they too thought mine must have been the one that won the award at the Lewis and Clark exhibition. They also begged me to put them in my will to donate this instrument to their collection upon my death.
Now for the details of the violin. Has no label from the maker, but does have a repair label from John Nordstrom dated 1913 in San Francisco, CA.There are NO CRACKS on this violin and. It is not at all obvious what that repair was. The woods are absolutely GORGEOUS with. Bold, fine flamed NW maple, inlaid floral pattern with natural and colored Oregon myrtle wood on the back.
The workmanship is exquisite and the condition is NEAR MINT. Measurements are: LOB 14, LB 8.25, UB 6.75, scale (nut to bridge) 320mm. The violin is very responsive, but needs to be played to bring out its full potential. It has spent a lot of its life on display by various owners. I would rate its tone as almost soloist volume with a leaning toward bright vs.
A large violin shop in my area has worked on this violin for me, and has verbally verified the authenticity of this violin. His shop has worked on a local cello made by McCord with an almost identical inlay to mine.I personally visited the family that owns that cello, and we compared instruments. To both our surprise, the similarity of inlays caused us to surmise that our instruments were part of a quartet that McCord made to be displayed at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exhibition. You will not be disappointed with this VIOLIN. Here is a short video of my playing this violin not great quality sound or playing. Technique: See the product in action.
I accept all major credit cards for your convenience. MCCORD INLAID VIOLIN OREGON MUSIC HISTORY" is in sale since Friday, August 12, 2011. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\String\Orchestral\Violins". The seller is "fiddle_cellar" and is located in Portland, Oregon.This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe.