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Pharall Mann Violin, 2007

Modeled after Fritz Kreisler's 1733 Guarneri del Gesu', the Pharall Mann violin was completed by Thurmond Knight in December, 2007.  The Sitka spruce used for the top is from northwestern Canada.  The one piece highly flamed maple back, neck and ribs, are from Bosnia. The instrument was gently antiqued with oil varnish.  

Thurmond dedicated this violin to the memory of his father's ranch foreman, Pharall Mann of Belle Glade, Florida.  In the 1940s and early 50s Pharall taught Thurmond how to rope and ride a horse, how to lasso from horseback for branding cattle, and all the cowboy ways and lore that a young boy needed to know.  In return, Thurmond taught Pharall the rudiments of reading and writing.  

Pharall's violin has a large brilliant tone suitable for a soloist. The instrument was first purchased by Bill Hayden, of Montpelier, Vermont, and later by Mary Grothe, a violinist formerly with the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra.  

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