C1957 American Made 4/4 Violin
In the 1950's, Thomas Fawick set up a violin factory in
Cleveland. He obtained maple from central
Pennsylvania and spruce from Washington. He treated this
wood by a secret method and then sent it to France where
the violin parts were carved and partially assembled.
They were returned to Cleveland and assembled and
varnished in his factory. His violins (he made some 400
modeled after the Wilhelmj Strad of 1725) were acclaimed as being
better than the original Strad in sound quality.
Heifetz had a Fawick violin made in 1962 which he used
as a practice fiddle.