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ADAMS, F. W., physician and musician, born in 1787; died in Montpelier, Vermont, in 1859. He was a good performer on the violin, and early turned his attention to violin making. He conceived the opinion that the superior tones of the Amati and Stradivarius instruments were due to their having been made of old and seasoned wood, and accordingly he searched the forests of northern Vermont and Canada for maple and pine, taking his wood from partially decayed trees, and constructed 140 violins, some of which were remarkable for their powerful and sweet tones, especially those made from the oldest woods.
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