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Help needed! Closed my shop.
Violins in need of a home
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June 18, 2021 - 5:11 pm
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Hi- I hope this is the right place to post this request for help- if not, please let me know. For 15 years I owned a full service music store, and we had a large school rental program. I’m retiring and the shop is closed now, and I have @125 rental-return violins, mostly fractional sizes, on hand.  I need to find a home for these. Most of these instruments are Asian made, but of good quality, all ebony fitted (no painted finger boards, etc). Many/most of these instruments have Glasser fiberglass/horsehair bows, but the bows will probably need rehairing. I didn’t post this on the “for sale” forum, because I’m just asking for advice on how to proceed with finding a place for these violins.  Any help will be appreciated. Feel free to private message me if you prefer. Thanks very much! (I’m near Raleigh, NC)

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June 18, 2021 - 5:37 pm
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If you are not necessarily interested in selling them. There are places where they take donations of these instruments where children and their parents cannot afford to buy them. Also, check with local schools, etc. If you are willing to donate, there are places that take them. I do not know specifically, but have heard of this. I am going to forward the link to this lost to another forum member who may know. What I am checking is only for donation purposes, though, not for selling.

Since this forum is owned by a person who owns a shop, I do not believe you can advertise them for sale here, it would be conflicting with his business. So, any information you get here will be for donating, only. Is that what you are looking for?

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June 18, 2021 - 10:14 pm
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Mouse, thanks for the reply. I’ve already donated 90+ band instruments to the local schools here, so I’m at the end of my need for tax write-offs. I’m not in the least interested in retailing these instruments, or in competing with anyone, but was hoping that Fiddlerman or some other maker/luthier might have a use for them, in which case I would ask for pennies on the dollar. That’s why I posted on the making/repair forum, instead of violins for sale. I’m just looking for a place to start!  I hope that makes sense.    If I’m “barking up the wrong tree”, I apologize. 

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June 19, 2021 - 7:41 am
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No need to apologize. Gathering information is no problem.

Have you thought of writing directly to various bowed string instrument stores, including Fiddlershop? I have never seen actual Fiddlershop "Business" carried out on the forum.

So, in your case, I would suggest contacting various bowed string instrument shops, directly. I hope this makes sense and is helpful.

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June 19, 2021 - 3:20 pm
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Yes, it is. Thanks- I’ll do that!

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June 19, 2021 - 3:53 pm
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You are welcome, and good luck. 🙂

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