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Page Updated 8-1-2022

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New Core Select 1850S. With vintage instruments being the best available in the 1970's when I first started my music career, newer instruments have rarely caught my attention. Recently an ad from my trusted violin parts supplier caught my eye. A really good looking violin with an exceptional curly maple one piece back at a bargain price? I could not resist and the fiddles did not disappoint. Aside from amazing curly maple, the instruments have a solid European spruce top, ebony pegs and fingerboard, a Wittner Ultra fine tuning tailpiece, and an antique looking amber to red-brown varnish finish. After doing our style fiddle style set up that includes a lower, flatter bridge and Pirastro Cromcor strings, I was impressed with the full sound even sound that will develop as the instrument is played. At $950 with a featherweight case these instruments are an exceptional value in a new or old fiddle. Stock number P71. 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

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 "Prison Fiddle" Strad copy. A cool looking instrument with wood "rope" marquetry on the edge of the top and back and inlay consisting of purfling, mother-of-pearl and sparkly gray filler about 2 1/2" by 5". This style of instrument is what the old West Virginia musicians called a "Prison Fiddle". They assumed that any one that would make a fiddle look that fancy must have had all the time in the world and likely been in prison. A dark red varnish and geared tuners. Pretty cool. Very good condition, $600 and includes a vintage case.Sorry, Sold.

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. On Hold. 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.

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

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. Sorry, Sold. 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. Sorry, Sold. Photos

Circa 1930 Maggini copy, made in Germany. Amber to natural finsh. Well adjusted with new ebony pegs and a Whitner fine tuner tailpiece. Bright, yet old sound. With featherweight case; $450. Stock Number Y-21 Sorry, Sold. 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 Sorry, Sold.

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

Violin Bows

New Dörfler German Made Pernambuco violin Bows.
Model 15A.
Octagon stick, $300
Model 22. Highest grade pernambuco, round stick. $800

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 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 $9 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the continental US no matter what the order size. Micro orders weighing less than 12 ounces and valued less than $50 are usually shipped via first class mail for $6. The cost of orders headed out of the continental US 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.

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