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Royce is a great guy who happens to also be a kickass luthier and fiddle trader. I found Royce via his Youtube videos and then saw all the rave reviews here on FHO, so I decided to give him a shot. I told him my budget and he gave me a list of a good handful of instruments he had currently that sounded like what I was looking for. I chose one and played it for a couple days, but it just wasn't quite clicking with me. Since Royce has a 7-day trial period, I was able to send it back and ask him for some advice. I told him the sound I was looking for, and he suggested one of his Jones Creek models. He knew I was looking for an older instrument, but said his Jones Creek models had the tone I was describing. Dark, fat tone. I decided to give one a shot (Jones Creek #711). I got the instrument and immediately liked it a lot. I played it for a couple days and the sound actually began to open up even more than when I first got it. Sold! It's only gotten better in the weeks I've had it, I can't wait to hear what it sounds like in the coming years. The Jones Creek models come in at a great price point, look really nice (love that thin, light finish), play like butter, and Royce is a real pleasure to work with. Don't hesitate to shoot him an email if you're in the market for a new fiddle!
Overall Rating: 10
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