Hill's comments describe how the young Joachim longed for and finally acquired this instrument at a price which up to that time was the highest ever paid for a violin. Joachim used it in all his concerts for many years. At these musical feasts, the London "pops" in the '60s and earlier, it was an honored guest with Madame Schumann, Rubenstein and Chopin. It was the beautiful voice with which Joachim spoke during that rich period in the history of music when he and his friends Mendelssohn and Schumann, and later the young Brahms, were rediscovering the instrumental works of Bach, Beethoven and Schubert and making them household words in Europe.
The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York, The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York