James Reynold Carlisle, Cincinnati 1920’s
Bears the label:
Cincinnati 192 No. 451
This is a handsome handmade Carlisle violin from the 1920's. Carlisle also was associated with the Rudolph Wurlitzer shop in Cincinnati; specifically making violins for them. He made 500 violins that bear his thumbprint on the left side of the label. This is number 451.
The condition of the violin is very good and shows a little varnish wear. The sound is terrific. This violin was designed for serious players in mind. The treble tone is bright and clear not only in 1st and 1/2 position but way up in 7th and 9th positions. The response is rapid and the harmonics project. The G and D strings are rich, warm, and smooth. The violin is very even in tonal color and sustains well. A player will smile soon after they spend a few minutes with this violin.