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  1. Its been a tough year (almost two now) with covid. I retired from the fiddle business, which due to covid was almost non-existent. When you thought it couldn’t get any worse, my friend, a fiddle and pochette make, succumbed to covid. Adamar Muchado was a sculptor who came to me when he was taking violin lessons for therapy. He was diagnosed with kidney failure and was lucky to find a donor and had a kidney transplant. He no longer could work in the sculpting field and got interested in violinmaking. I had plenty of materials for him and an old set of pochette plans. He took off running and made quite a few instruments. I knew he was fragile and worried about him when covid was spreading. He stayed isolated the whole time, then his family members came down with covid. He wasn’t stong enough to survive. I will miss him.
  2. I say that you travel to all the shops in the area and show your instruments to them. They may take an instrument on consignment. Price your instruments fairly. Fair to you first and fair to the prospective buyers. I would also wait until I have several to show also.
  3. Ashley, Thanks for stopping by. I had a great time talking with you and admiring the fiddles that you made. Stop by anytime....the beer is always cold and the ramblings of another old timer are always free! Cokes are always a nickel....Nickels are on top of the machine! There is another maker near by that I will invite over next time. I haven’t seen him since covid, but he will probably be happy to bring a few of his fiddles over too.
  4. tarawa1943

    Farewell

    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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Thanks, I was thinking the same. I really was wondering about the sharp corners.. I only had one other with corners like this.
  8. If it were a person, I would have to call it a pin-head.
  9. 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.
  10. Does anyone know how Mike Sheriff Bows are graded? Also does he brand commercially made bows with his brand?
  11. I never had good luck with Dominant "a" strings. They always seemed to go dead prematurely. I also like the John Pierce "Artiste" strings.
  12. I will certainly pass on your website.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 in.
  15. Thanks Michael, If there is one thing the German trade violin manucturers could do, it was making some darn good looking labels!
  16. Sorry to offend all the experts, but the deviate German manufacturers that labeled these didn't realize that they would be causing such a conflict. But I happen to like these old trade instruments. If I want this type( or loosely based fantasy model) of instrument, I can do a search on "Schweitzer" and guess what instrument pops up. If I type in Strad, Guarnerius or God forbid Maggini you dont know what is going to pop up. I can almost bet that other than a few high end dealers ( maybe Mr. Holmes for one) might have actually seen and held a real Schweitzer. So I will continue lovingly calling these mongrel violins by their given name. Frankly, it sounds better than "violin shaped object".
  17. I was going to start a new post about better fractional instruments, but decided to add to this excellent post. In the past I ignored a lot of fractional instruments because most parents wait until their child is ready for a full size instrument before upgrading to a better instrument, beyond the student level. Lately, as better full size instruments get harder to find outside of the big shops, auctions and ebay, I am seeing really nice fractional instruments becoming available. I find most of my instruments, picking antique shows, shops and occasionally craigslist. My latest fractional, happens to be a Schweitzer copy also. It is labeled GA Pfretzschner "Copy of a Schweitzer". It is also the nicest fractional (3/4) that I have ever found. I may be shifting my search to better fractional if in fact there is a market for such. I have no idea of the value of these instruments, as I sell mainly new fractional instruments these days. Any thoughts? Please note that Schweitzer copies have been my favorite and almost always sound great.
  18. Actually it is only a few years old. It is one of the better quality Chinese violins that I sell at my shop under my shop label. As far as value, it cost more than an Ebay VSO, but less than an intermediate violin. But it is a great conversation piece. Put in in a shadow box and the value goes up!For those of you, that dabble in Americana antiques, this can be classified as a salesman's sample. It has all the quality and features of a full size violin but small enough to fit in a briefcase to carry from shop to shop whie selling your wares.
  19. Here are a couple of pictures of my grand daughter's 1/32 violin. As for the sound, I would call it on the quiet side......which is probably a good thing.
  20. Nice work and a great idea/topic!
  21. I invented a high tech shoulder rest years ago and a patent attorney told me that he didn't think there would be a market for a $100.00 shoulder rest. Here is the prototype made by myself in the shop. It had one knob to attach or detach, fully adjustable, lightweight and a slight outrigger to help lazy players like myself to maintain a better position. Oh well, been in the drawer for over 10 years now.
  22. I agree with Dr S. Get a carbon fiber bow and you will probably be happy. I like Coda Bows best, but there are many out there in all price ranges. I used to get good pernambuco bows from Joe Martins violin shop. They were good Asian bows branded " J Martin" at his shop in Ohio. Never got a bad one. I am not sure if he still sells these bows. BTW: I play with a 5 plus year old Coda Aspire and it is still my go to bow.
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