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Samuel Stochek Violins

New York violin maker, Samuel A. Stock would construct his instruments from 19th-century New York buildings and houses under demolition during the Great Depression… Buildings at least 70 or 80 years old. Uptown there was too much steel. But even in the squarely midtown district he had some luck.

“People have lived with this wood. People have died with this wood,” he said. “They have sat by the fire and they have loved and they have quarreled … Ahhh! Someone will play and the wood will tell these stories.”

Stochek’s floorboard violins were played in Carnegie Hall by the world’s most famous violinists.