For fifty years Dr. Fred Castle has been a close student of music and musical instruments, his preference being for the violin, the king of musical instruments. He has become quite noted in the line of "working over" and has had great success in changing a "common fiddle" into a high-class violin. Instruments have been sent to him from all parts of the United States, which he has generally returned to the owners as high-class instruments.
The Doctor has embodied his observations and experiences of 50 years in a book entitled, Violin Tone Peculiarities which sets forth in clear and concise terms a line of thought and work that will be of great value to the musicians and violin makers of the coming years. The book contains 307 pages, is clearly printed on good paper with new type and the matter is well and intelligently arranged. Every part of the violin is given attention and in such plain terms that it is easily understood. The book contains eighteen chapters or lectures; each subject being treated to a final conclusion. It cannot help being of great interest for those interested in music.
The work was done by the Tribune job department, the printing and folding of which has just been completed and the work sent to the bindery to be bound.
The doctor is finding ready sale for the work, which will be a great heritage for the musical world.
Dr. Castle was the father of Mrs. Harry Alyea who resides on Burnham street.
Go to Dr. Frederick "Fred" Castle, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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