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Lyon and Healy "Eureka" viola

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Anyone know anything about Eureka brand or model violins or violas from Lyon and Healy made early 20th century? Got a call from someone who will be bringing one in and was hoping for some info so I can look smart. Are there Lyon and Healy catalogues available on line? I found a site which I think says they have catalogues but I can't seem to log in to it. Any help appreciated.

Nate

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The ones I've seen (violins) appeared to be pretty decent quality French instruments. But I might suspect that a mix of both French and German instruments could have gotten this stamp.

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I've had those, and yes, a decent Mirecourt student violin. Lyon and Healy was a huge importer and distributor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their slogan was "Everything Known in Music". If you have the Roy Erhardt books there are reprints of a couple of their catalogs in there, including a page specifically of Eureka violins in Vol. 2, all different models from any that I have had. So, yeah, could be just about anything, but those I've seen were decent.

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1 hour ago, nathan slobodkin said:

...Who...was [Ehrhardt] anyway[?]...

Good question.  Rather than hijacking this thread, I'll start another.

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