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VIOLINS & BOWS
1930's German Strad Copy. Dark red brown varnish with a cool rose decal on the top opposite the chinrest., VG, HC & Glasser bow, $250, Stock number N-118 Photos
Joannes Georges Thir, Fecit Vienne, anno 1794 says the label. I don't agree with that marking and since most older violins have false labels (don't even try to think of how many Stradivari labeled fiddles are out there), The odds are in my favor. But what is in your favor is a nice fiddle at an affordable price. The one-piece back has bold figure, reminding me of American maple. The instrument is finished in a dark red brown varnish. The tone is big with a strong bass. With an older vinyl alligator covered case, the price is $2,000. Photos
1900 Strad copy. I love the artistry of fake antiquing on violins. This one has it all. Plenty of wear marks, drawn cracks in the top, and even a "grafted pegbox" that is really an India ink simulation. The modern relic'd electric guitars manufactured in the last 20 years have nothing on the fiddle makers of the 19th and 20th century. Besides the impressive antiquing, this fiddle has impressive tone. Loud full bass and a clear penetrating upper register. Definitely an instrument that will hold it's own in a band or jam. The price, with a featherweight case is $1,500. Photos
1880's Strad Copy, Repaired & Voiced by Charles Edlivitch of Baltimore Maryland in 1917. An old looking and great sounding instrument with several well executed repairs. The tone on this one has a strong bass and an even midrange & treble. Fun to play and listen to. Price is $1,800 with a decent case. S-19 Photos
1920 L. Ludwig Special Copy of Antonius Stradivarius. So says the label of this decent sounding & playing factory fiddle from Berlin, Germany. Finished in an amber color and fitted with ebony appointments, this instrument will not disappoint a player starting out, or an intermediate fiddler looking to upgrade their beginners instrument. Price is $750 and includes a hard case. Photos
1890's Stradiuarius (sic) copy from the shop of Jerome Thibouville-Lamy. A nice looking French made instrument with a burnt orange/amber finish, attractively antiqued. Tone is full with good volume and a touch of gritty. In excelent condition with a hard case, price in $850. Photos
1930 Amati copy by John Prokopzak, Cleveland Ohio. We have recently run into a few of Mr. Prokopazak's violins and have been impressed with the quality craftsmanship and tone. Though not an exact copy of any Amati instrument I have seen, this fiddle does share some characteristics, notably the body outline and lower arching than other 17th and 18th century instruments that are popular to copy. The neck, back, and sides appear to be American curly maple. The spruce top is close grained. This fiddle has a strong & loud bass end and a woody/ clear treble. We offer this rare American made instrument for $1,200 with a featherweight case. Photos
1915 German Made Stainer copy. Burnt orange/amber finish with plenty of fake antiquing. The wood is straight grained with little figure, but attractive In it's simplicity. Tone is even across all the strings. This early twentieth century instrument is $700 and includes what appears to be an original case. Photos
1900 copy of John Bapt. Schweitzer. A well made instrument modeled after a Schweitzer copy of a Stradivarius instrument. The maple back, sides and neck all have attractive figure. The spruce top has a medium grain. Finished in an amber/brown varnish, the maker added some antiquing to give the appearance of being older than it is. The tone is full, with a brightness that is not shrill. With a featherweight case, the purchase price of this instrument is $900. Photos
1950's? John Juzek Srad Copy. The label on this one says "John Juzek, formally of Prague" and "Made in Germany". A red/orange instrument with strong curl on the maple back and sides and light neck curl. A recent neck reset in our shop gave this instrument a new life. Good tone and great to play. In very good condition. The price of $900 includes a featherweight case. Photos
1920's Strad copy made in Czecho-Slowakia. The brightest and loudest fiddle in the shop. The finish is orange amber with an attractive curly maple back. As usual, this fiddle is set up to fiddle standards by our own Mr. Jesse Milnes. $600 is the cost for this pre World War II instrument and we include what appears to be the original hard case. Photos
1910? Maggini copy. A good fiddle that had a makeover in Westover, WV about 10 years ago. Mostly it got a refinish as the original varnish was crumbling. This fiddle has a loud & bright sound that will keep you on top of any jam session. Comes with a solid but worn Lifton case with a bunch of cool stickers applied. Price is $550. Photos
1923 William Heath, Des Moines, Iowa. A nicely made American 7/8 size fiddle with a one-piece curly maple back with tight curl. Looks like a lacquer finish instead of varnish. Good workmanship with a bright sound. String length is 12-1/2" In excellent condition with a hard case for $600. Stock number G-39 Photos
1920's German Made Strad Copy. A great factory made Strad style instrument. Clear bright tone with a healthy growl. Finished in an amber/orange varnish, the curly maple back is iridescent and well worth the price of admission. With a hard case, this fiddle is $800. Photos
1930's Made in Nippon (Japan) Strad Copy. I have always liked these instruments. Well built with Asian maple, they consistently have a decent tone. I describe this one as pleasingly precise and bright. The finish on this instrument is a dark brown/amber color. In excellent condition with a case it is priced at $650. N-88 Photos
1915 German Strad copy. Though the Stradivarius identification label in this fiddle is not the honest truth, the "Repaired by A.A. Nuzum. Fairmont, W.Va., April 1, 1931 is likely no April Fools joke. Tonally, this instrument has a full range across the strings with a woody bite to help produce ancient tones that a lot of West Virginia Old Time fiddlers like. The finish is a darker red amber varnish. Our usual precision set up adds to the fiddlin' fun, especially when cross tuned. Price is $1,100 and includes a featherweight case. Photos
1907 Lyon & Healy Eureka violin, Style 1073. This Amati style fiddle came from the estate of Woody Simmons. With the recent set up, this fiddle would make Woody proud to have owned it. With full even tone and big volume, this fiddle could easily compete in any band that played at the local square dance halls with out amplification. The finish is orange amber and is set up to fiddle specifications. In 1979 Woody wrote down the history of this instrument. His and LaVern's son William used this instrument extensively until William could no longer play. The price of $2,500 includes that written history and a Lifton "Built Like A Fortress" hard case. Photos
1900 Conservatory Strad Copy. Usually a refinish on an instrument is something to beware of. As instruments age, the original finish enhances the tone and has a proper look. Though this fiddle was refined, the tone does not suffer. Full with good volume, it will hold it's own in any session or band. The label inside the bass F-hole reads that it is a Stradivarius instrument made in 1745. That's 6 years after Stradivari died. How did he do that? OK, I know, just another fake Strad label in a great sounding factory fiddle. This one is priced at $750 and includes a featherweight case. Photos
New Cremona SV-175. We offer these new instruments as an alternative to costly repairs on older student fiddles. We have been consistently impressed good quality and decent tone. The top is carved spruce, maple back, sides, & neck with ebony fingerboard, pegs, & nut. We fiddleize then before we sell by leveling the fingerboard, adjusting the bridge to fiddle specs, and a new set of D'Addario Prelude steel strings. The outfit includes a good case and wood bow. Only $275. Photos
1950's Juzek, 3/4 size. A superior instrument for the serious young student. EC, HC & Bow, $500 Photos
1954 Kay C-1 upright bass. A long and interesting history this instrument has had. Formerly owned by Wilma Lee Cooper, this instrument was used as a house bass at the Grand Ol' Opry for many years. After Wilma Lee decided to sell it, John Lilly owned and used it for many years. John recently decided that he was not playing bass very much and it was time to move the instrument to another home. Over painted in White years ago, the bass is quite striking. It has had it's share of bumps and bangs, but is quite solid, including the ever present Kay bass neck crack (solidly repaired). As far as playability and tone go, it really doesn't get any better. All in all the bass is in very good condition and the $1,900 price includes a decent gigbag. Sorry, shipping is not available for this instrument. Photos
New Glasser Fiberglass violin bows with real horse hair, many sizes, the best for the least $40
New Glasser Carbon Fiber violin bows with real horse hair, A great bow for a reasonable cost $225
New Glasser Carbon Fiber violin bows in colors with matching colored horse hair, Funky! $260
New K. Muller Anniversary model Pernambuco bows, with star, tulip, or deluxe eye inlay on frog,60-64 gm $400
New K. Muller Anniversary model Pernambuco bows, with tulip inlay on Snakewood frog,60-64 gm $450
New Jacques Remy Pernambuco bows, made in China, 60 to 62 gm $320
Many used pernambuco bows, 57 to 70 grams, $125 to $650
Guide to Abbreviations and Physical Condition;
New; An instrument that came to us from the manufacturer. It has never been owned by a consumer and has it's full warrantee.
Mint; As the instrument came from the factory. No blemishes at all
Near mint; Almost as it came from the factory
EC; Excellent condition, a very clean instrument that has a few minor blemishes
VG; Very Good Condition, reasonable wear for its age.
GC; Good Condition; plenty of player wear.
Plus or minus indicates the condition is half a grade better or worse.
HC; Price includes a Hard case, either made of laminated wood or ABS plastic. Hard cases offer the most protection for your instrument. The disadvantage is they are heavy.
OHC; Original Hard Case, the hard case purchased with the instrument when it was new.
SC; Softcase, refers to a chipboard (stiff cardboard) case,
OSC; The chipboard case sold with the instrument when new.
GB; Gigbag, a padded cloth bag. Usually with shoulder straps.
We ship most of our instruments via UPS. Cost to ship a mandolin or fiddle is $15 to $25. Cost to ship a guitar or banjo is $20 to $50. The cost of insurance is extra. We will be happy to quote before shipping.
Small goods like banjo heads and other parts cost $6 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the US no matter what the order size. Out of the USA shipments will be quoted before they are shipped.
We are legally obligated to charge 6% West Virginia sales tax on anything purchased here at the shop, or shipped within the state of West Virginia. We do not charge sales tax on orders sent out of state.
Please call us at 304-636-6710. As payment we accept checks, wire transfers and MasterCard & Visa.
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