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Russell L. Coe Violin 1980

            Russell L. Coe was a violin and viola maker who worked in Albion, Indiana in the 1980s.  He made this violin, his 60th instrument, in 1980.  He is listed, on page 52, in Thomas James Wenberg's The Violin Makers of the United States, published in 1986. 
            The instrument has a warm chocolate-like brown varnish.  The two piece spruce top has fine even grain with some widening of the grain at the periphery of the violin.  The two piece back and ribs are of evenly flamed maple.  The maple in the neck has slightly wider flames.  The purfling and sinking, of the top and back edges, are beautifully executed. 
            The violin is in excellent condition.  The tone is of solo quality, with very good projection and clarity of voice.  Sale price: $4200.






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