This is an exceptional Scottish violin, the finest I’ve seen by a maker of that country by far. Not only is it beautiful and in great condition, it has an amazing tone that can fill a hall. Professional players who have played it have been amazed by its carrying power and robust tone. It is not a violin for the faint of heart.
Here’s what William Henley had to say about Dyker in his Universal Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers:
'Born in Aberdeenshire, 1878. Resident in Drumduan Forres (Morayshire), 1924. Produced first instrument in 1901. Built about 40 violins and several ’cellos. Heart and soul in complete sympathy with the charm of the Stradivarian model, absolutely no exaggeration in his delineation of the outline and graduations. Workmanship perfect down to the minutest detail, positively a delight to see. Scroll and sound-holes supremely conceived. Purfling faultless. Inside details beautifully finished. Peculiar properties of various woods, even to the sound-post, carefully ascertained. Orange brown shade of oil varnish applied as only as artistic mind can foresee. Occasionally tried a reddish shade. Instruments that must surely have a high and permanent place in the future. Dyker, in travelling the road of scientific exactitude, also kept in view that elusive thing known as tonal quality, which is as resonant and clear as anything heard, and is already of that peculiar quality which rapidly develops under the stimulus of the bow.'