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  • #62096
    rodger
    rodger
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    I got back from my trip back home & wanted to show off two instruments I picked up at International Violin in Baltimore.  The fiddle is a Guarneri Model 3073G made in Bulgaria, and the viola is a 16 1/2″ also made in Bulgaria.  The workmanship is very good…the wood selection is not perfect, but reflects the market demand which is making select wood harder & more expensive to find.  I want to mess with the graduation slightly, especially the channel, and do a scrape finish on the plates.  The fingerboard needs profiled, then the usual finish & varnish process, so it will be a while before I get to hear them.  I also got Whitner fine tune pegs for both of them.  Click on the picture for a larger photo…the grain doesn’t show up very well in this exposure, so the pic doesn’t do it justice.

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    #62098
    cricket
    cricket
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    Wow…they look beautiful…are you keeping them for yourself?

    #62100
    rodger
    rodger
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    If they sound good, yes, I will…the Guarneri is a real sweetheart..

    (That was a record response Cricket…2 minutes from 1st post)

    #62103
    fiddliferous1950
    fiddliferous1950
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    Beautiful wood. Looks like ebony fingerboards, nuts and saddles.

    #62111

    John Cockman
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    Rodger, I’m glad you made it home safely. Your new acquisitions look lovely. I can’t wait to see/hear the finished versions!

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    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Rodger, I’m glad you made it home safely. Your new acquisitions look lovely. I can’t wait to see/hear the finished versions!

    #62115
    cricket
    cricket
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    yes, welcome home.  I was just linking my youtube and saw your post…must’ve been on here at the same time…lol. Maybe I should get some prize for rapid response! I’ll be glad to hear what they sound like too.

    #62121
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
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    Rodger what doe’s the place look like is it a warehouse or what and good luck .

    #62127
    rodger
    rodger
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    Well, Steve, my brother didn’t want me to drive into Baltimore because of the traffic & all, so he had a friend that works in Baltimore pick them up for me.  That gave me more time to be with family, so I let him do it.  But this guy was very impressed with the store there.  He said they had a large selection of violins, which surprised me because they aren’t on their web site, but sounds like they supply much of the local market.  Evidently they have a show room and then a large behind the scenes place for the web business.

    #62129
    rodger
    rodger
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    I also hit it pretty good with four goodwill violins….two 4/4 size & two half size for the kids here.  All four are perfectly solid, with no loose seams, or cracks.  One 4/4 has great wood in it, but no bridge, so I have to set it up and haven’t heard what it sounds like yet.  One of the half size is a very high quality German fiddle & it’s fifty years old.  Looks like I hit the jackpot with them.  It’s possible to get a real deal on the Goodwill auction, but you have to look them over.  If anyone sees a fiddle on Goodwill you are interested in, you can ask for advice on it here, and I, along with others can look it over and give our opinion on it.

    #62133
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
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    I was curious because I am always dealing with just one of two people so I kind of figured a online warehouse . Thanks nice to know they have a real Store !

    #62135
    cricket
    cricket
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    Wow…you guys know how to buy your fiddles.  I’ve only managed to get my hands on cheesy Chinese stuff..lol.  I gotta learn how to get decent fiddles with less-than-decent $$$.

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