Suzuki Violin (116 size)

Suzuki Violin (1/16 size)

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This violin was made by the Suzuki Violin Company Ltd. in Nagoya, Japan in 1982. This 1/16 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

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 violin has two printed labels inside the instrument:

Established 1887 in Nagoya
No. 220 Size 1/16 Anno 1982

Supplied and Adjusted by
C. Meisel Music Co.
To Meet the Most Exacting
Requirements of Music Educators

As per the original price tag, this violin was sold by Dale Music Co. in Silver Spring, Maryland for $435.00.

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Object Name
date made
Suzuki Violin Co., Ltd.
place made
Japan: Aichi, Nagoya
Japan: Aichi, Nagoya
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
wood stain (overall material)
horse hair (overall material)
violin: 14 1/2 in x 5 in x 1 in; 36.83 cm x 12.7 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Carol B. Warden and Joy Burchuk
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