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Royce Burt: #260, German Glasser

Submitted by pdfarrell on 7/29/2015

Where Purchased: Online

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: 850 ($US) (bought USED)


I have only played 4 fiddles in my life. I'm not really qualified to give a critique. But the fiddle sounds great to me. It's plenty powerful. I put a lot of faith in Royce here and I think it paid off.

Sound Rating: 9


Great! Really comfortable to play from day one.

Setup Rating: 10


It's an old fiddle. And the age shows. I specified with Royce that I was interested in sound over looks. That's exactly what he got for me.

Appearance Rating: 6


Seems strong and sturdy to me. That was one of the characteristics that I told Royce I was looking for. Hard to give a rating here because only time will tell.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

This is where Royce really shines. Pardon the cliche, but what a pleasure doing business with him. He paid attention to my descriptions of what I was looking for. He was genuinely interested in me being happy with the fiddle. He gets the highest possible rating here. I give an 11 out of 10.

Customer Service: 10


I don't see any problems.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Royce is a great guy to deal with.  The only problem is that his fiddles seem to move very quickly.   

This was a bit of an unusual sale for him I think. I'm in Namibia, but fortunately my sister was coming for a visit.,  So he shipped the fiddle to my sister and she brought it to me.  Royce said a number of times that if I wasn't happy with it I could send it back with my sister and he would refund the money.  I'm happy to say that the fiddle will be staying in Namibia.

I feel fortunate to be where I am and to have a Royce Burt fiddle.  If I ever buy another fiddle (oh Lordy, Lordy) I can't imagine going anywhere else.

Overall Rating: 10

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