Suzuki Violin (1/4 size)

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by the Suzuki Violin Company Ltd. in Nagoya, Japan in 1978. The Suzuki Violin Co. in Nagoya made a line of violins specifically for export to Heinrich Roth in the United States, and applied a "RR #" to these instruments at the factory. The Scherl-Roth firm in Cleveland matched these violins with bows supplied by the Glasser Manufacturing Co. of Bronx, New York and thus provided the United States market with a line of pre-packaged instruments in a range of sizes that were appropriate for the small beginner to the mature player.
The characteristics of Suzuki violins are varied through a range of targeted production quality. Usually the instruments are built on an outside mould, but the archings may either be pressed or carved into their final shape depending on the quality grade of the instrument. Originally the woods employed in production were from Japanese sources, but since 1960 have been imported from Germany. A scroll-carving machine invented by the founder, Masakichi Suzuki, as well as other cutting and shaping machines are utilized in the contemporary mass production process.
This ¼ size student violin with ebony fittings has a plastic molded scroll and ear relief applied to the plain maple pegbox. Very plain spruce and maple have been used in this instrument with transparent reddish-orange varnish and inked representations of purfling.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Suzuki Violin Co., Ltd.
Physical Description
spruce (part material)
maple (part material)
plastic (part material)
overall: 19 1/8 in x 6 3/4 in x 2 7/8 in; 48.5775 cm x 17.145 cm x 7.3025 cm
Place Made
Nihon: Chūbu, Nagoya
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Moglie
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