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Johnson String regularly acquires exceptional antique instruments as well as instruments by award-winning contemporary makers. Below are this month's featured instruments available for purchase, home trial, or as an outfit.

When purchasing any full-size instrument, along with a bow and case as an outfit, you will enjoy significant savings.

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Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

This Month's Featured Violin

Andrew Ryan violin

About Andrew Ryan
American maker Andrew Ryan was trained at Peter Paul Prier Violins and the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah, and at Edward Withers in London. As workshop foreman at Reuning & Son Violins in Boston from 1994 to 2011, he oversaw the restoration of many fine and important instruments. In 2004, he was one of eight violin makers invited to the first Amiata Summit, a biannual meeting of international violin makers founded by American luthier Gregg T. Alf, dedicated to exploring future developments in violin making.
Ryan is currently a teacher at the Violin Society of America's Oberlin Workshops, a frequent lecturer at violin making conferences, and a published author in The Strad, where his articles on the work of Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú have appeared.

About This Violin
Ryan builds his new instruments according to the methods of the great Cremonese masters, his own instincts as an active violinist himself, and his ongoing acoustical research. His violins are owned by professional musicians around the world.

Andrew Ryan violin, Boston 2015
354 mm 

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This Month's Featured Viola

Benjamin Ruth Viola

About Benjamin Ruth
Benjamin Ruth graduated from the Violin Making School of America and went on to received advanced training with Rene Morel at Jacques Francais Rare Violins from 1979 to 1982. In 1989, after opening a shop in his native Philadelphia, Mr. Ruth joined Reuning & Son Violins in Ithaca, New York, specializing in restorations. He remained in Ithaca to concentrate on making violins after Reuning & Son moved to Boston in 1994.
His instruments have been recognized at the Violin Society of American competitions where he has won numerous awards and medals over the years. He has won two gold medals in a VSA international competition and has received a top prize for tone at a British Violin Making Association competition. In 2010 he served as a judge for the VSA competition.

About This Viola
Benjamin Ruth, 2014 recipient of the "hors concours" at the Violin Society of America competition, makes violas that combine the finest Cremonese and Brescian traditions with a modern sensitivity to viola ergonomics and ease of play. This instrument is sweet and rich in the upper registers and warm and open with excellent projection on the low strings.

16 3/8 Benjamin Ruth viola no. 246, Boston 2012
416 mm 

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This Month's Featured Cello

James Brown Cello

About James Brown
James Brown (1786-1860) was a pupil and assistant to the celebrated English maker Thomas Kennedy in the early 19th century.

About This Cello
This rare cello, which has survived in pristine condition, is easy to play with the nuanced sound required for top-level orchestral playing.

Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Reuning & Son Violins.

James Brown cello, London circa 1800. Unlabeled.

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This Month's Featured Bass

Featured German Upright String Double Bass

About This Bass
This beautiful German bass is gamba shaped with a round back. It has a full, rich tone and is easy to play.

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