Although Acuff continued to use fiddles primarily as stage props, he put this instrument in the hands of legendary fiddler Howdy Forrester, one of his Smoky Mountain Boys. Forrester used it until his death in 1987, and then it was played by Dan Kelly in Acuff's band until Acuff's death in 1992.
This instruments (inv. #VF2495) is in excellent condition. With a hard case and a letter from Charlie Collins, it is now offered at $25,000.
For further enjoyment....
Close of body
Back of peghead
Letter from Charlie Collins (with photos of Collins)
Photo of Dan Kelly and band
Back of neck
Another photo of Kelly and band
Back of body