Violin by John Craig, Edinburgh, 1905

Violin by John Craig, Edinburgh, 1905

About John Craig

John Craig was born in Kirkinch near Forfar in 1860. He trained as a carpenter and is noted for the high quality of his violin making. We know that Craig had moved to Edinburgh by 1901: there were a number of excellent luthiers in the city who would have provided inspiration for his craft. The most notable of these was James Hardie, whose influence can be seen in Craig's making.

About this violin

The violin was made in Edinburgh in 1905 and is number 13 in Craig's output. It is modelled after the instruments of Stradivari.

The violin has a two piece back of highly-figured maple with ribs and scroll of similar wood. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce and the varnish is reddish-brown in colour.

The violin has a length of back of 356 mm.

How does it sound?

This violin has a clean, bright sound and is very responsive. It naturally sits at the louder end of the dynamic spectrum!


The violin is in very good condition.

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