|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1857/03/01|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook March 1st 1857
James H. Ward Esq.
I am greatly obliged to you for sending me those "bass-bar or spring beam' advertisements. You can say to Mr. W.E. Millet if you feel disposed that Mr. Cooper's "improvement " is not new to you. Mr. Brady introduced the spring-bar beam into one of my Patent violins six years since 1851; about the same time you made me the Hollow-back violin now in the Patent Office. I am under the impression that you made the same style of bar for that instrument as the drawing [sketch] accompanying my letters Patent from Washington indicate the invention belongs to me, from this fact that gave Mr. Brady liberty to make one violin for himself, providing he would give me the benefit of all the improvements. I called up to the factory one day when he said "I have been making a new style of bass-bar". I instantly replied "I know how it is formed- it is cut out so as to touch the sound board only in two or three places - he then gave me his reasonby showing me the sound board of the Piano Forte Mr. Brady's violin, with the spring-bar was good, but not equal to the first one you made me with a solid bass bar three quarters of an inch in depth. Brady's violin may have improved greatly since it was made. Whether it is the same style of bar or not - If the Messrs Averells can improve stringed instruments
(particularly the king of instruments, the violin) by the introduction of improved bass bars. I shall be much gratified.
Yours very truly,
Wm. S. Mount
P.S. The "Spring beam" advertisement will be quite a card for Millet's Music Store. You might call and see the "Violin" with the improvement now in it, and give me your opinion respecting its merits. If it will not give you too much trouble- W.S.M