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VIOLINS & BOWS
2005 David Bing Fiddle. Dave Bing has spent more time studying, playing, and listening to old-time music in his lifetime than most people will probably spend eating or sleeping. He's also a heck of a nice guy and an old friend of SFI - but that's only the beginning of why you should pounce panther-like on this early (no. 8) fiddle from the Bing refinery. Dave's reputation as a craftsman precedes him, and he has the waiting list to prove it. This excellent condition fiddle, handmade in Dave's Harmony, WV workshop, has a curly maple back & sides, tight grained spruce top, and fingerboard, tuning pegs, and chin-rest all made of ebony. Sound and workmanship are superlative, and you can feel warm & fuzzy every time you take it out of the case knowing it was built by a living West Virginia legend. If it strikes you, don't hesitate - this instrument probably won't hang around the shop too terribly long. Price is $3,000 with a hard case. Photos
Circa 1930 Ernst Heinrich Roth Copy of Amati. This very nice fiddle is really worth checking out. The one-piece curly maple back is stunning and has matching curly maple neck and ribs. The varnish is a rich orange amber color and the scroll is accented with a black line around the edge. The interior label reads copy of Nicholas Amati made by Ernst Heinrich Roth and has an additional "Germany" stamp on the paper label. The inside center of the back has a brand (yep, kind of like cattle) reading Ernst Heinrich Roth, Markneukirchen and a serial number. I suppose I could get the exact date of this instrument's manufacture if I was willing to spring for the 65 Euros (about $75, USD) the Roth company requires per email to look up instrument records. But that knowledge will not change the fact that this is a great fiddle and well worth the modest $3,000 price. And by the way, the price includes a really cool faux alligator covered case. Stock Number G23. Photos
Mid 1920's Stradivarius copy. Vivid curly maple back and sides and tight grained spruce top. Orange amber varnish. Strong even tone. Great for any square dance band With a featherweight case; $1,100. Stock Number O-23. Photos
1900 Strad copy. I love the artistry of artificial 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. Stock Number O19. Photos
1930's Gibson V-15. When you see the Gibson name attached to a musical instrument, you rarely think of fiddles. But most Gibson enthusiasts don't know that Gibson made violins just before and during World War II to keep their Kalamazoo, Michigan workers busy. The V-15 was their economy model instrument with painted purfling and other basic features. Being from Michigan though, this basic wood has very attractive figure. The one piece back has a Soundpost crack that has been repaired and has no movement. Smooth and balanced tone. $900 and includes a featherweight case. Stock number P-54 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. Stock Number P34. Photos
1920's Stradivarius copy made in Czechoslovakia. Central Europe was responsible for exporting millions of "Stradivarius" violins to the US from the mid 1800's through World War two. Many just had reproduction Stradivarius makers labels that confused those that inherited the instruments from long passed relatives and were hoping for an extra million or two US Dollars when they sold Granny's fiddle. As far as we know, Antonio Stradivarius did not have a summer home in Czechoslovakia in the early 1700's, so this instrument was not made by his hand. An interesting color scheme with most of the instrument being a dark red, but the edges, up to the purfling, are natural. Tone is full and bright. Good for square dances and jam sessions. With a featherweight case, this fiddle is $850. Stock number P-55. Photos
1900 7/8 Size Strad Copy. It is not too common for us to have a 7/8 size fiddle. Musicians that have small fingers, or just feel uncomfortable with a full size instrument pick these up soon after they are made available. This one has an honest label indicating that it is a Stradivarius copy made in Germany. The back, ribs, and neck are made of bold figure curly maple. The top is fine grained spruce with a few solidly repaired cracks. This instrument has good bass tone, and with our expert set-up, it plays like a dream. The price is $850, including a hard case. Stock Number P36. Photos
1920's "Prison Fiddle" Strad copy. The old timers of West Virginia fiddling called these violins with extra decoration "Prison Fiddles". The prevailing theory of the day was the only reason anyone would add the extra inlay to a fiddle back was because they (the fiddle builder) was in prison and there was nothing else to do. OK, a good story, but these fiddles were actually visually upgraded at their European factory of origin. This particular fiddle has rope marquetry around the top and a floral pattern of abalone and black mastic with an eight pointed star in the back's center. Tone is a medium bright that works very well for A cross tuning. And with it being a Prison Fiddle, there's no reason you can't play Merle Haggard tunes. With a featherweight case this one is $800. Stock number P-53. Photos
1920's Unmarked Stradivarius Copy. Finished in a dark amber varnish, this fiddle has great tonal presence. Bright, precise, and with a strong bass. As with all our fiddles, the Jesse Milnes set up is right on. With a featherweight case this one is $800. Stock number P-52 Photos
1920's Amati Copy. Lightly figured maple back, sides, and neck, but a great smooth even tone. The high end carries well, but is not shrill. Don't let the reflections in the pictures scare you, the condition is very good, but it's so shiny, you see all the stuff in the yard mirrored in the finish. A nice instrument at a nice price. $800 with a featherweight case. Stock Number P37. 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. Stock Number P38. 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. Stock Number P40. Photos
1930's Carlo Alberi, Imported by B&J. With a name like Alberi, you would think this was a violin made in Italy. Hmmm, I wonder why it looks nearly identical to the Made in Nippon fiddle listed below. Probably the same reason many modern instruments have brand names that don't exactly match with their country of origin. Still, I have always liked the better Japanese made fiddles. Always a good even tone and very respectable craftsmanship. This one is $700 and includes a featherweight case. Stock Number P41. Photos
1910 German made Villaume copy. Though the label says made in Paris, this instrument has a bit more of a Bavarian look to it. Think Bratwurst, not Andouilette. But while you are thinking about lunch, you might want to think about trying out this rather decent 100+ year old fiddle. Amber colored varnish on the curly maple & spruce with an even tone across all the strings. Comes with a featherweight case for $700. Stock Number P42. Photos
1920's German Amati Copy. With the amber orange finish and nice curly maple back & sides, this fiddle has a great vintage vibe about it. Tone is clear and even across all the strings. Of course the standard SFI set up by Jesse Milnes makes this nearly effortless to play. With a featherweight case this fiddle is $700. Stock Number P49. Photos
1935 Anthony Benicewicz. Homemade instrument from Baltimore, Maryland. Back could be beech with maple sides & neck with a spruce top. The extra long F-holes make this instrument distinctive. Tone is loud and woofy. Very good condition with a featherweight case and priced at $650. Stock Number P43. 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. Stock Number P45. Photos
1920's Stradivarius copy. German made and imported by Lyon & Healy. Dark orange amber finish with a strong growly tone. With featherweight case, $650 Stock Number P-51 Photos
1920's German Made Strad copy. The bright orange-amber finish if this instrument matches the bright tone. If you need a good fiddle to carry the top end of a square dance band and be heard over the banjos and guitars, this fiddle is for you. In very good condition with a featherweight case. $600, Stock number P-58. Photos
1920's German Amati Copy. An 80+ year old instrument that has held up nicely. The factory antiqued amber finish is attractive and sounds A-OK. Comes with a new featherweight or vintage hard case (your choice) for $600. Stock Number P50. Photos
1920's L. Ludwig Special Copy of Antonius Straduarius. This fiddle, proudly labeled Made in Berlin (and who is to argue with that?), has full sounding G and D strings. At $550 with a featherweight case you will have a fine fiddle to get your old time music career going. Stock Number P48. Photos
1910 Lamy Strad copy. A decent French Strad copy for the intermediate student. Attractive amber varnish and our usual professional set up by Jesse Milnes. As my dad would say; "Not half bad!" $500 and a vintage case is included. Stock Number Y11. Photos
1911 Wilhelm Durer Strad Copy. Here's a 107 year old violin with a little but of extra bling. The peg box is decoratively carved on the sides and back and the top is double purfled, while the back has extra pointy purfling to go with it's two sets of lines. The nicely flamed back, sides, and neck, along with the spruce top, are crack free and varnished with an orange amber color. $500, with a hard case. A pleasant sounding fiddle in a lower price range. Stock number P-57 Photos
1930's Strad copy. As with all the fiddles we sell, the set up is right on. Plays great and no fussy tuners or other parts. This is priced the same as our Cremona SV-175 for anyone that needs a budget fiddle, but likes the older look. With a hard case and Glasser bow, this fiddle is $300. Stock Number Y14. 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, rosin and wood bow. Only $300. Stock Number Y16. Photos
1950's Juzek, 3/4 size. A superior instrument for the serious young student. EC, HC & Bow, $500. Stock Number Y17. Photos
1990's Scherl & Roth 3/4. These fiddles are numerous, but rarely seen in great condition like this one. Perfect for a young student needing the next size bigger from a 1/2 size fiddle. Price is $150 and includes the original case, rosin and a bow. Stock Number Y18. Photos
New Glasser Fiberglass violin bows with real horse hair, many sizes, the best for the least $45
CFX Braided Carbon Fiber violin Bows Snake wood or ebony frog with fleur-de-lis inlay; $80
CFX Braided Carbon Fiber violin Bows Black infused with sparkly red or blue strands, ebony frog with fleur-de-lis inlay; $120
Photos of CFX Bows
New K. Muller Anniversary model Pernambuco bows, with star, tulip, or deluxe eye inlay on frog, Several in stock with weights of 60-64 gm $400
New K. Muller Anniversary model Pernambuco bows, with tulip inlay on Snakewood frog, Several in stock with weights of 60-64 gm $450
New Jacques Remy Pernambuco bows, made in China, 60 to 62 gm $320
J. LaSalle LB-13 Brazillwood octagonal violin bow. $40
J. LaSalle LB-17 Select Brazillwood octagonal violin bow. $60
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
Excellent condition, a very clean instrument that has a few minor blemishes
Very Good Condition, reasonable wear for its age.
Good Condition; plenty of player wear.
Plus or minus indicates the condition is half a grade better or worse.
Hard case is either made of laminated wood or ABS plastic. Hard cases offer the most protection for your instrument. The disadvantage is they are heavy.
Original Hard Case, the hard case purchased with the instrument when it was new.
Softcase refers to a chipboard (stiff cardboard) case,
Original Soft Case; The chipboard case sold with the instrument when new.
Gigbag is a padded cloth bag. Usually with shoulder straps.
We ship most of our instruments via UPS. Cost to ship a mandolin or fiddle is $20 to $40. Cost to ship a guitar or banjo is $25 to $60. The cost of insurance is extra. We will be happy to quote before shipping.
Small goods like banjo heads and other parts cost $8 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the continental US no matter what the order size. The cost of orders headed out of the continental US 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.
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