This instrument is part of our fourth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition.
This violin by Edward Byler is beautifully antiqued by the maker. It features a warm, reddish-brown varnish on its spruce top, where it fades to light golden brown around the f holes. The one-piece back and ribs are formed from medium-wide flamed maple. The varnish on the back is faded to golden brown particularly in the center, bottom, and upper left bout. The pegs, chinrest, and tailpiece are a matched rosewood set.
The sound is rich, warm, well-balanced and sweet. This instrument is in brand new condition.
About the maker:
Edward Byler is a violin maker living in North Idaho. He has enjoyed playing music and working with wood since his youth growing up in the Missouri Ozarks. Byler attended violin making workshops, including the Oberlin Acoustics Workshop, and is a member of the VSA. Foremost his education in violin making has come from his friend, and world-class violin maker, Ryan Soltis. Soltis has taught and critiqued Byler at each critical stage of making, from construction to varnish and tonal adjustments in setup. This has led to several top awards for tone and workmanship at the SVA and VMAAI, including Gold and Silver medals and 1st and 2nd place awards.
Byler builds mostly del Gesu model violins, but has lately been building some after the Amati style. He is truly passionate about building violins and meeting players who can present his work with their gift of playing.
Length – 35.4 cm
Upper Bouts – 16.7 cm
Middle Bouts – 11.5 cm
Lower Bouts – 20.4 cm
String Length- 32.6 cm
Rich, warm, well-balanced, sweet.