The New York luthier who boomed in the Great Depression

Tarisio carries an interesting history of William (Willy) Wilkanowski, whose instruments flourished in the 1930s and 1940s and continue to fetch ever-higher prices today. Sadly, Willy lapsed into depression after his wife’s early death and took his own life in December 1954.

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  • 5000 violins over 20 years! That’s about one every day, Monday thru Friday.

    It would be interesting to see what sort of assembly line strategies went into that.

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