In Focus: A c.1718 Daniel Parker violin

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John Dilworth takes a closer look at a violin by the English maker

This article appeared in the March 2016 issue

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Maker: Daniel Parker

Nationality: English

Born: c.1680

Died: c.1730

Instrument: Violin

Date: c.1718

Daniel Parker has perhaps the highest reputation of any English maker. is is partly owing to the fact that Jascha Heifetz chose to use a Parker violin for a brief period. Parker was one of the first to adapt to the Stradivarian model in the early 18th century and his work has a maturity and range of tone, as well as a distinctive style that is hard to match.

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