Burgess Violin

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Description (Brief)
This violin was made by David Burgess of Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1984. David Burgess has won acclaim in numerous violin making competitions held in the United States, Germany and Italy. This instrument was the First Prize violin, judged for overall excellence in craftsmanship, design, individuality, and tone in the First National Competition by the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in 1984.
Currently not on view
Date made
Burgess, David
Place Made
United States: Michigan, Ann Arbor
overall: 23 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 4 in; 60.325 cm x 20.955 cm x 10.16 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of the Friends of Music at the Smithsonian
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


"I have wanted to see this violin for 30 years. Can you please put it on display?David Burgess has been an outstanding leader in violin making for 30 years.Thanks very much.John SchmidtLaurinburg, NC"
I agree with the previous comment. David Burgess is the most awarded violin maker living or dead, and many of us who can't afford one of his violins would love to see this instrument on display.

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