George Gabriel Lee Payne

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PAYNE, George Gabriel Lee Born 1886 Ventress, Kentucky, died 1967 Prescott, Arizona USA. Violinist and self-taught violin maker, active in Prescott from 1923. Guarneri-derived personal model. Spirit varnish; later Michelman varnish and finally arrived at his own oil recipe. About 200 instruments completed, some possibly using pre-fabricated parts. No.. / G. L. Payne / Maker / Prescott. Arizona

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