Gustav Fassauer-Ferron

Although he was hardly as famous as Stradivarius, Gustav Fassauer-Ferron created some violins that still have their fans today. As one site says, "Pupil of Oswald Schaller of Frankfort (Germany), with whom he underwent a thorough training, proof of which is found in his work. Well made instruments after the Guarneri I. H. S. model, adorned with an orange oil varnish. His violins are esteemed by both artists and amateurs." You can hear one of his instruments in the video.

But when he wasn't busy making full-size ones, he turned out the occasional miniature. Don't you wish you had this for those times when you wanted to mock someone's self-indulgent hard-luck story?

Here is an image of the creator with his miniatures. Copyright prevents reproduction here.

Source of story.

     Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 18, 2013
     Category: Art | Crafts | Eccentrics | Enlargements, Miniatures, and Other Matters of Scale | Music

I'm a very amateur guitar player and I understand the lure of well built instruments. I've never purchased a custom built but I have been able to find guitars that fit well and have been satisfied. However, I really don't understand the lure of the Stradivari violins and their perceived sound quality. To my ear one violin sounds much like another.

What's the difference between a viola and a violin?
A viola burns longer.

I remember that from a Victor Borge appearance I was privileged to attend many years ago.
Posted by KDP on 06/18/13 at 12:16 PM
@KDP: I agree! To paraphrase The Bard, "Would a screach made by any other instrument sound any better?"

That image they're claiming copyright on was taken in 1934 and is in the Austrian archives.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/18/13 at 12:46 PM
I don't know who made this one.

Playing a Sad Tune on Tiny Violin
Posted by Cougar Allen on 06/18/13 at 02:09 PM
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