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SaraO
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Today I took my violin to a luthier who was recommended to me by a good friend. To refresh your memory, I've had concerns about the tone of my violin, particularly in the lower register. After changing the strings last week, there was some improvement.

I think my violin is in good hands. After holding the violin and playing it for about thirty seconds he pointed out that the fingerboard was a little loose and the neck was beginning to warp as a result. He also commented that the setup was unusually high. He will be repairing the fingerboard over the weekend. He said while the strings are off he'll take a look at the soundpost and see if that looks ok.

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Correct me if I am mistaken, this is an older violin you played years ago?

I hope this doesn't cost you too much to fix.

 

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Should be fun to see the difference when you get it back Sara. Hope it doesn't put you in the poorhouse. 

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Yes, this is the violin I played in jr high and high school. He is only charging $36 to re-glue the fingerboard. We will see if anything more significant comes up.
He said the neck would not need to be replaced.

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That is good news!

 

Good luck!

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Good luck!

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I got my violin back. The repair went well and he went ahead and trimmed/adjusted the bridge to fix the angle. Nothing miraculous happened with the tone once the fingerboard was re-glued, but that's ok. I'm really pleased with the work he did.

On a side note, I'm very happy with the customer service from this shop. I was having trouble arranging to get to his place during his open hours due to my hectic schedule so I asked my mom to pick my violin up (Mom lives and works within a couple of miles of his place). She went in to pay my bill with a credit card, not realizing that he doesn't accept credit cards. He told her just to take it, and I could sent him a check in the mail.

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    Scott Tribby Violins

    415 W. Lovell St., Kalamazoo, MI

    (269) 373-4511

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Fiddlerman
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Thanks for the tip. Good help is hard to find and we must support those who are worthy of our recommendations. 

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Wow, just send me a check when you get a chance. I can't remember the last time I heard those words. Sounds like a good guy.

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Definitely a good guy. And no extra charge for cutting the bridge.

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SaraO said:

Definitely a good guy. And no extra charge for cutting the bridge.

Wow, I wish I still lived in Michigan. I would love to have him as my luthier. I have yet to find one though.

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New York has to have a ton of great luthiers. Maybe not where you live and maybe many are snobs.rofl

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GennaLea said:

Wow, I wish I still lived in Michigan. I would love to have him as my luthier. I have yet to find one though.

Do live in Western New York as in near Ohio, or Lake Ontario?

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Fiddlerman said:

New York has to have a ton of great luthiers. Maybe not where you live and maybe many are snobs.rofl

Very funny! amuse But no, seriously. I have no idea where to look. You're welcome to research for me. I live in Western New York. Search away. coffee LOL The only place I know around me is Roxy's Music, but they are horrifically over priced and not very accommodating. 

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I was serious. MGN, went to a guy in that refused looking at his inexpensive fiddles. Anyway, do you live close to Rochester? Buffalo?

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The luthiers are out there Genna. New York and southern California (where I'm at) have luthiers and musicians everywhere but many have a snobby attitude.

That's great that you found a great luthier to recommend Sara. I offered to post info for the guy I found but he said please don't at this point he is really busy. I'm trying to get my son back in college but maybe get him to a violin making school.

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This reminds me of music stores. They are often arrogant and you feel so so tiny until they realize you there to buy something expensive, then they are suddenly very nice. 

"Why don't you dance to the music I hear inside my head?"
(Kent – Music Non Stop)

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Amen DIY!

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Fiddlerman said:

I was serious. MGN, went to a guy in that refused looking at his inexpensive fiddles. Anyway, do you live close to Rochester? Buffalo?

Half way between actually, in the good ol' city of Batavia.amuse

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Fiddlerman
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September 18, 2011 - 8:24 am
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Check out these and ask about their luthiers. I don't know any of them so no recommendations from me.

 

Monaco's Violin Shop & Music Centre!
http://www.monacosviolinshop.com/
(716) 688-8600
55 Crosspoint Pkwy.
Amherst, NY 14068
Wrona's House Of Violins
http://wronashouseofviolins.com/
(716) 297-2263
907 Escarpment Dr
Lewiston, NY 14092

Joseph's Violin Shop
http://www.josephsviolinshop.com/
(716) 677-6545
3764 Seneca St 
West Seneca, NY 14224

Boyd Jacklin Violins
(716) 837-1684
422 Niagara Falls Blvd Ste 6 
Buffalo, NY 14223

Sullivan Violins
http://www.sullivanviolins.com/
(585) 325-7250
120 East Ave Ste 100 
Rochester, NY 14604

Lee Wilkins Violin Studio
(585) 274-1410
26 Gibbs St 
Rochester, NY 14604

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