Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, Mirecourt, France, early 20th century, with a "Phebes" trade name label. Modulable, robust, open sound. Big tone and easy response.
Length of Back 35.9cm
Upper Bout 17.2cm
Middle Bout 11.7cm
Lower Bout 21cm
The largest of the great Mirecourt instrument making firms. In 1957 Jérôme Thibouville joined forces with Charles Buthod and Charles-Claude Husson to form Husson-Buthod-Thibouville. When Jérôme Thibouville married Marguerite Hyacinthe Lamy in 1861, the firm changed its name to the now-famous "Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy (J.T.L.)".
The firm had different lines of instruments, including student instruments (eg the Médio-Fino and Compagnon ranges) and copies of makers ranging from Stainer and Klotz to Stradivari, as well as instruments named after old violin making-families from Mirecourt and other French makers.
The J.T.L. firm closed its factories in 1968, after the Mirecourt instrument making industry went into terminal decline in the mid 20th century.