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5 string Violin!

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33 Year Old Wood never sounded so good!

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 …

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400 and Counting….

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 site. )

R. W. McCluskie Violins and Violas at Stamell Stringed Instruments

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 …

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Oklahoma? OK!

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.

Simpkins to play McCluskie Violin at Strathmore

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 …

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RW McCluskie Violins and Violas now at Mt. Airy Violins and Bows

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. …

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Just in….from South Korea….

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 …

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R. W. McCluskie 16 3/16″ Gibson Stradivarius Viola

  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

Bluegrass and Country Recording Artist Rickie Simpkins

McCluskie Violin, played by Ricki Simpkins

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.