Yup! We’ve got one
Jun 06 2018
Sep 07 2015
This stunning instrument was crafted from 33 year old Old Oregon Maple and Spruce obtained by special arrangement from the Mt. Airy Violins and Bows shop in Philadelphia, PA. It is rare to have access to wood of that age and quality. Mr. McCluskie created a 16 1/8″ viola in a pattern well loved by McCluskie viola-owners over the years.
Players who have tried this instrument have remarked on how easily it plays. The sound has been described as exceedingly resonant and full.
This instrument is being shown at
Mt. Airy Violins and Bows,
6665 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
mountairyviolins [at] gmail.com
Please contact them, or us (mccluskieviolins [at] gmail.com) for additional information
Apr 04 2015
Today the Washington Post celebrated R. W. McCluskie’s career-long production of 400 violas and violins with a centerfold article in the Arts and Style section, entitled “Staying Ahead of the Curve” This article may be viewed online with this URL:
(Warning, this URL takes you away from the mccluskieviolins.com site. )
Nov 21 2014
A selection of fine R. W. McCluskie Violins and Violas are offered for sale at the Stamell Stringed Instruments shop in Amherst, MA. Matt Stamell, proprietor, is an accomplished luthier and musician with a long history of providing the New England string playing community (and beyond) with violins, violins, violas, cellos and bows. We are proud to have our instruments represented here.
Stamell Stringed Instruments has two locations, Amherst, MA and Poughkeepsie, NY. Although the McCluskie instruments are being shown at the Amherst location, with notice, the instruments could be moved to the NY location. Please contact the Stamell Shop with inquiries.
Located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts
18 Kellogg Avenue
Amherst MA 01002
800 766 0936 or 413 256 0936
Located in the Hudson River Valley midway between NYC and Albany, NY
7 Garden Street
Poughkeepsie NY 12601
845 546 8769
Nov 11 2014
Viola Instructor Donna Wolff Cain(right) has been playing her R. W. McCluskie Viola since 1994. Her student, Michele Gebhardt(left) has just acquired a 2013 R. W. McCluskie Viola of the same pattern. Both teacher and student are affiliated with the Oklahoma University Music Education/ Viola Performance program.
May 12 2013
The next opportunity to see and hear an R. W. McCluskie Violin in concert in the Washington DC area will be the Rickie Simpkins ‘Strathmore Artist in the Mansion’ concert May 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Mr. Simpkins is a virtuoso on both the mandolin and the fiddle. His musical prowess and versatility has made him well-known and respected in bluegrass circles. Rickie has performed with bands such as Continental Divide and the Tony Rice Unit. He may play a McCluskie Guarneri del Jesu at this event.
Please follow this link for ticket information for the May 29th concert at the Strathmore Mansion, in Bethesda Maryland.
Mar 31 2013
We are pleased to share that a resonant selection of RW McCluskie Violins and Violas are offered through Mt. Airy Violins and Bows, on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Elizabeth Shaak, the proprieter of Mt. Airy Violins and Bows is an acclaimed bow maker, recognized by The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. She is a stalwart supporter of contemporary makers and we are honored to have our instruments represented in her shop’s offerings.
Mount Airy Violins & Bows (website)
6665 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 1pm – 5pm
Feb 24 2013
We have recently corresponded with Lee Kiseok, a rising star concert violist who graciously provided links to two pieces he recently performed with his 10 year old R. W. McCluskie Viola. Both are viola–classical guitar duets in which the sound of the McCluskie viola is clearly heard. We are thrilled to be able to share this music with you.
Jan 13 2013
This instrument was completed at the end of 2012. It is a 16 3/16″ McCluskie copy of the Gibson Stradivarius Viola, a small, late-period instrument with classic styling and good sound.
This instrument is currently on loan. Mr. McCluskie looks forward to another opportunity to make this instrument.
Photos by Gary Schonman
Aug 15 2011
plays his R W. McCluskie Guarneri Pattern Violin during a Kevin Dudley recording session produced by Grammy Winning Artist Cathy Fink.
This instrument was made in 2010 and is one of over 360 violins and violas constructed by R. W. McCluskie that have appealed to a broad range of musicians ranging from classical to folk.