Good Fiddle Makers?

Good Fiddle Makers?

Hi all!

I am in the market for a new fiddle. Does anyone have any suggestions for a maker or seller? I am in the Chicago area.

I am looking for a fiddle with a rich, powerful sound… and pricing in the 3000-5000 range.

Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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In that price range, you might be better off looking at fiddles already floating around. Most of the good makers that I know of start at $7,000 to $10,000 and go up from there.

Just a sampling of some current makers—no endorsement implied:

Douglas Cox (in Brattleboro, Vermont) http://www.coxviolins.com/

Paul Bradley (Galway, Ireland) http://www.paulbradleyviolins.com/index1.html

Mark Hollinger (Missoula, Montana) http://people.montana.com/~hollinger/

Jim Wimmer (Santa Barbara)

William Bartruff (Minneapolis, Minnesota) http://www.bartruff.com/ (photos and prices)

Gregg Alf (Ann Arbor, Michigan) http://www.alfstudios.com/

David Van Zandt (Seattle, Washington) http://www.vanzandtviolins.com/Default.htm

Hank Taylor (Tallahassee, Florida) http://www.taylorviolins.com/

Wayne Beckman (Helena, Montana)

Mick de Hoog (Dublin)

Joseph Curtin (Chicago I think, or maybe Michigan—starts at over $20,000)

Carl Becker and Sons (Chicago) Their web site includes photos of a Cox violin, among others). http://www.carlbeckerandson.com/

Also, here’s a listing of violin makers in all price ranges.
http://www.stringsmagazine.com/issues/Strings120/PricingGuide.HTML

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I’m not sure that Otis is a good fiddle maker - most people think he’s a great fiddle maker…

http://www.fiddletree.com/

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I recently bought a fiddle from a luthier in Vermont, Marc Gregoire, and have received nemerous complements about the instrument. His price would likely be at the top of your range. His web site is: www.members.aol.com/vtviolinmaker.
Good Luck!

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Don’t overlook William Harris Lee Violins, 410 south Michigan Ave, Chicago, www.whlee.com

I have one of his instruments and it is excellentand not terribly expensive

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You might want to try Martin Brunkalla. Here’s his web page: http://brunkalla.com/

He is based in Chigago (or just outside) and makes a great fiddle with a very distinctive voice and they’re right in your pricerange. I just bought one from him with a Black Walnut back and sides. It’s a stunning instrument both visually and tonally.

Martin is great to work with too.

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From what I know, the general consensus is that Kuros Torkzadeh in Galway, and Mich de Hoog in Dublin are two excellent fiddle makers.
I haven’t seen any of De Hoog’s work but Kuros Torkzadeh’s is amazing.

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