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Page Updated 3-24-2020
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As West Virginia is now under a "safer at home" order during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is, only essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, and take out restaurants are open for business, I want to let you all know that since my shop is at home, I will be able to accommodate mail orders
Things I can do;
Ship parts and instruments. As long as the delivery services continue to operate, I can ship to your door.
Things I can not do;
1) Offer repair services. My crew will all be safe at home surfing the internet with nary a chisel within reach.
2) Welcome shop visitors to check out instruments.
Hopefully in my small way I can contribute a sense of normalcy during this international crisis.
Please stay safe.
VIOLINS & BOWS
2002 Cliff Hardesty. More info coming soon. $1,600 Photos
1990's John Juzek. A nicely made modern instrument that has some of the most vivid curly maple I have ever seen on a fiddle. Varnish color is red to amber. Tone is full and even with plenty of volume. In excelent condition and comes with a nice oblong hard case. $1,800 Stock number O-30. 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. On Hold. 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 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
1920 German Strad Copy. With the Stainer stamp on the back, you would think this fiddle would be one of those squarish, boxy shaped fiddles. Nope. Definitely a Stradivarius pattern. It's a little crude, and quite a bit of honest relic'ing has gone on over the years, but the bottom line is it sounds really good. Price is $750. Stock number P-63 Photos coming soon.
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
1910 Thibouville-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
1990's Mathais Thoma. This decent student grade fiddle was made in Romania. It had a burnt orange finish and a pleasing even tone. Price is $450. Stock Number P44. Photos
1960 Karl Herrman. A decent factory fiddle from the mid 20th century. Finished in a pleasing burnt orange varnish and has very nice curly maple back and sides. $400. Stock Number Y-25
1960's John Juzek. The Juzek shop makes a wide variety of violins. From the top grade listed above, to the solid student instrument here. Though not a big voice, this fiddle plays almost effortlessly and is a great place to start fiddling and violin collecting. Of course it makes sense to climb the Juzek ladder and eventually buy all we have, Price is $300 with a hard case and we'll throw in a decent bow Stock number Y-24
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 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.
Call us at 304-636-6710. For payment we accept checks, wire transfers and MasterCard & Visa. If you prefer Paypal, please send us an email requesting a Paypal invoice.
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