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  1. tarawa1943


    After being in the business for 30 years, I am finally closing shop. Met a lot of great people (and good customers) on this forum over the years. I think its's time to go fishing and maybe even pick up the old fiddle again. I will still fix the local kids fiddles....I never charged them anyway. George Loxahatchee Vintage Strings, LLC
  2. I have been using Shar's Overture Ultras on all my set-ups now. Sound great and customers keep coming back for more. Around $20/set with spare e-string sure beats $50+ for a set of strings.
  3. It sounds pretty good to me under ear, but I will let a friend play it for me. I must admit though, my hearing is starting to go a bit at my age. . Sales have been slow, so I have been scouring the area for old fiddles to fix. I have been finding some nice trade fiddles, my favorite being a 1927 Carl Neumann. After a few year dry spell finding decent fiddles, a few nice ones are starting to surface at the local antique shows.
  4. Thanks, I was thinking the same. I really was wondering about the sharp corners.. I only had one other with corners like this.
  5. If it were a person, I would have to call it a pin-head.
  6. I picked this up on an online auction and except for a hundred years of battle scars, it is a really nice instrument.. Apparently the "Student" model to Lyon and Healy wasn't the typical $2.00 violin in 1910.. can anyone give me some idea of origin and valu these days? Thanks in advance.
  7. Does anyone know how Mike Sheriff Bows are graded? Also does he brand commercially made bows with his brand?
  8. I never had good luck with Dominant "a" strings. They always seemed to go dead prematurely. I also like the John Pierce "Artiste" strings.
  9. I will certainly pass on your website.
  10. Thanks for the suggestion. His daughter is quite accomplished and very particular about the instruments that she plays. They will be very selective when it comes to purchasing another instrument. I have been dealing with them for years.
  11. I have a friend traveling to Europe for a month to visit his wife's relatives. He wants to visit some violin shops in Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. His daughter will be trying out some instruments and if they aren't overly expensive, they will purchase an instrument. Can anyone help choose some makers of good instruments that won't break the bank for my friend? Maestro net member makers would be a plus! Thanks. George Please don't limit the shops to these countries....He will be driving all over, so any of you makers outside of the areas mentioned.....feel free to chime i
  12. Thanks Michael, If there is one thing the German trade violin manucturers could do, it was making some darn good looking labels!