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208 reviews in the archive.
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
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
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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