Carl Becker Sr violins
I am currently trying out a violin made by Carl Becker Sr (1925) and it is honestly one of the best violins I have ever played on. The tone, power and colors it is able to produce is just fantastic. I read somewhere that he is considered the " greatest violin maker in the history of American violin making" and some compared his violins to that of Stradivarius. Does anyone know of any soloist playing violins made by him? How does his violins compare to some of the best living violin makers today (David Burgess, Frank Ravatin, Curtin and Alf, Sam Zygmuntowicz, Peter Greiner etc..). Any more information about this maker would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Carl Becker Sr. (Carl G Becker) made terrific violins. Today you'll generally find them to be priced comparably to other high-quality antiques. The last one I looked at was over $120k, I think.
Rightly well known for outstanding cellos as well.
Carl Becker Sr has a fantastic reputation, and the few violins I have been able to try by him are fantastic. As you stated, a wide range of power and tonal colors.
Thanks everyone for providing me with more information and the comparison between other makers. Would you guys also happen to know if any notable soloist play on a Carl Becker Sr violin? I hear a lot of great and wonderful things about this maker but I am not able to find a whole lot about who plays and performs on his violins. Would be great to get a YouTube link or a recording of a violinist playing on one of his violins
Why do you care what soloists play a given maker's work? Especially if you're not a soloist yourself?
Lydia, why would I not care? Why should a question like this be only reserved for soloist? The question was obviously important enough for me to ask.
You did not answer the question of why, I note. :-)
"Why do you care what soloists play a given maker's work? Especially if you're not a soloist yourself?"
Oh, I'm always curious what soloists are using, too.
I've had many soloists over the years come by the shop and play violins, as well as been with other makers and dealers who took instruments to have soloists play.
OP -- Did you make a decision on the Becker?