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304-636-6710

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Page Updated 6-6-2017

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VIOLINS & BOWS

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

1920 Robert A. Dölling "Copie of Antonius Stradivarius". A rather nice Stradivarius inspired instrument made in Markneukirchen about 95 years ago. Attractively and naturally aged, the instrument has an older look, but has not been abused. The two piece curly maple back matches the curl of the sides and neck. The spruce top has medium width grain. The finish is a traditional red/orange amber. Tone? It's full and clear with good volume. The price is $2,500 and includes a case. Stock Number G24. Photos

1890's stamped Villaume a Paris. A nice instrument with broad flamed curly maple two piece back, sides, and neck. The spruce top has F-holes with an attractive raised lip. The varnish is thin, as evidenced by some spots that have worn through by polishing. Sound is full and loud. The $2,500 price includes a decent Suzuki case so no one will know that you are carrying a gem. Stock Number G25. Photos

1920 Julius Heberlein's Straduarius manufactured for Oliver Ditson Co. Here is an attractive prewar instrument made in Markneukirchen, Germany almost 100 years ago. One piece attractive curly maple back with matching sides, spruce top and curly maple neck. Finished in a quality amber varnish. As with all our fiddles, it is set up to our standard fiddle specifications by Jesse Milnes. A big full tone with a strong bass. Price for this excelent condition instrument is $2,250 and includes a featherweight case. Stock Number G26. Photos

1894 Ralph C. Dunham. We don't get a lot of American made fiddles here at SFI, but this one hails from New Briton Connecticut in the waning years of the 19th century. American curly maple back sides and neck. Varnish color is a chocolate brown. A strong tone that favors the bass. A great 122 year old fiddle from "The Hardware City". Price is $1,800, and includes the original hard case, or your choice of any case in stock. Stock Number O17. 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

1915 Rudolph Wurlitzer Amati Tribute. Though the label is signed by Rudolph Wurlitzer of Cincinnati, it is for certain that Mr. Wurlitzer never even saw this fiddle. Running a major chain of music stores and a musical product distribution center would not have allowed bench time to make a fiddle or two. This is a great full sounding instrument with an interesting deep recarve near the edges of the top and back. Price is $1,200 with a featherweight case. Stock Number O20. Sorry, Sold. Photos

1910 Sarasate Amati Copy. As Pablo Sarasate was a Strad player, we can only assume the stamp on the back of the peghead of this nice Amati copy fiddle was in homage to the great Spanish classical violinist and not his personal instrument. This one is a German made fiddle that has a honest 100 year plus vintage vibe. The finish is amber to brown color and has a very attractive one piece curly maple back. Sound is clear with even tone across the strings. Cost is only $1,100 and we include a featherweight case. Stock Number O22. 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 Conservatory Strad Copy. Here's an almost 100 year old fiddle that doesn't look it's age. The very well preserved tobacco brown to natural finish has a small handful of nicks, but has survived the years just fine, thank you. The interior label proclaims the instrument is a Cremona made Stradivarius instrument from 1736, but the Conservatory stamp on the back of the peghead indicates a German made instrument. Clear tone that will work with any old time stringband. Price is $850 and includes a likely original hard case. Stock Number P35. 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 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

1890's Fiddle. Here is an instrument that doesn't quite match the standard violins that many makers copy. Not quite a Strad, Amati, or Guarneri, but really it's own personality. Finished in a dark amber varnish, this fiddle speaks out loud and has a good bass. In very good condition the price is $750, with a featherweight case. Stock Number P39. Sorry, Sold. 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

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 P47. Photos

1920's German Amati Copy. An 80+ year old instrument that has held up nicely. The factory antiqued amber finish is atractive 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

1920 Labeled Paul Bailly, Mirecourt, 1883. A later than the label German made instrument that will wok well for a beginner wanting a vintage instrument. Set up is right on and for $300 it comes with a case, bow, rosin, and that deceptive label. Stock Number Y13. 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

Violin Bows

New Glasser Fiberglass violin bows with real horse hair, many sizes, the best for the least $45

CFX Braded Carbon Fiber violin Bows Snake wood or ebony frog with fleur-de-lis inlay; $80

CFX Braded Carbon Fiber violin Bows Black infused with sparrkly 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 isa padded cloth bag. Usually with shoulder straps.

 

Shipping

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 $7 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.

Sales Tax

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.

To Order
Please call us at 304-636-6710. As payment we accept checks, wire transfers and MasterCard & Visa. We also accept Paypal

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