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Old German violin: Made in Markneukirchen

Submitted by DavidA on 3/25/2015

Where Purchased: Royce Burt

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


Excellent Bluegrass Sound. Dark, clear, loud, double stops work together perfectly.

Sound Rating: 10


bridge cut just right for Bluegrass, not too much curve just enough. Easy relatively low action

Setup Rating: 10


Very nice wood for an old German fiddle. In excellent shape in spite of the years...approx late 1800's.

Appearance Rating: 10


New pegs, tailpiece, chin rest...old bridge..all will give many years of service.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Honest, reliable dealer...really knows how to re-voice to sound great for Bluegrass or Old Time.

Customer Service: 10


No can trust Royce's work and quality.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Overall Rating: 10

Royce Burt

Submitted by DavidA on 5/27/2014

Overall Comments

This review is for Royce Burt a luthier who lives in Plant City, Florida.  I’m not the first one to rave about the re-voicing of old fiddles that Royce does so there is very little I can add to the current reviews but I’ll try to expand on what others have said. Royce has developed a recipe for re-voicing that brings out the best of these old fiddles. The story of these old fiddles is very interesting and can be found on line. Many were made in Germany and sold in the US through catalogue sales just before and after the turn of the century. In many cases the original voicing was not so great, but in all cases the wood used was of excellent quality. Additionally the 100 years or so these fiddles have existed served to enhance the tonal character of the wood. Someone like Royce who really knows what he is doing can make these old timers shine and take on a new life.

            Royce is also about as down to earth and easy to deal with as anyone I’ve ever met.  He is into his full stride at this point and the output is consistently top notch so give him a call or find him online at this youtube channel …

Overall Rating: 10

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