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For Sale: Royce Burt #324 Banjo Killer

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$1,500 USD

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Vintage German (Dresden) Strad-style fiddle, re-graduated and voiced in 2016 by master luthier Royce Burt (fiddle number #324). FREE Shipping to lower 48 (see conditions). The German build date is unreadable (could be 1836 or--86), but with either date it is definitely over 100 years old. I had already owned and played another beautiful fiddle Royce had re-graduated (#319). That one played very well in most jam situations, but I was looking for one that was a banjo-killer, something that could really get on top of those bluegrass 5-string banjos and hold its own. This fiddle absolutely fills the bill. I ran spectral analysis on this fiddle using Fast Fourier Transforms comparing its volume to #319 and the analysis indicated #324 was TWICE the volume; it is a cannon with beautifully clean pitch. Please see and listen to the video of Royce playing this fiddle, but turn your volume down, once he starts playing you will be amazed at the volume). Video AND additional photos via this link:

As with any fiddle that has been gigged for over a 100 years, it shows a lot of wear and tear with dings and handling marks throughout and considerable varnish wear on all exposed edges. It is still sporting the original finish, with the most serious abrasion on the back center (see photo) and at the location where a previous Strad-type chin rest had been installed (it currently has the Guarnieri chin piece Royce put on it). A couple of small chips out of the belly's center bout at the edge and the same center bout has a small wood flaw that I could not get an adequate photo of. I called this to Royce's attention initially and he indicated the flaw was just that and he deemed it unnecessary to apply any sort of repair. It has not changed in any way during the two years I have owned and played the fiddle. Other than that there are no major cracks. There is considerable rosin goober that has built up over the years on the right side of the fingerboard. Back, belly, neck and ribs are all nicely quartersawn and show excellent maple flame. But, if you are buying a fiddle on looks and you think they all sound alike, pass this one by. If you want a fiddle that exhibits incredibly beautiful pitch (Royce's fiddles are known for this) excellent response, plays at a volume that holds up in any string band situation and still looks attractive then this is the one you are after. Royce also installed new pegs, a new nut and bridge and a new Wittner tailpiece for the original work he did in 2016. Medium/low action. I currently have Prims with a Lisa E on the fiddle which will be de-tuned slightly for shipping.

Sorry, no returns on this fiddle. There is no point in shipping a valuable and delicate antique instrument back and forth due to buyer remorse. Be sure this is the fiddle you want. I have provided an accurate description (more than I had originally), sharp high quality closeup photos and a crystal-clear video/audio of the instrument. Listen to the video, the music is what this is all about. I am only selling this excellent instrument because I am now making my own unique resonator fiddles and I feel compelled to play what I make. Thank you for looking.


United States, Prescott, AZ, 86301


FREE Shipping to lower 48 only, no sales or shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and No INTERNATIONAL sales

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Cash (in person), Paypal

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Cash on local pickup ONLY

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Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Good Condition



Made in Germany

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