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Wilhelm Ebe'rle: AntoniusStradivarius Copy

Submitted by MitchellB on 10/22/2008

Where Purchased: Friend

Year Purchased: 1986
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

It seems to be an OK fiddle. Not particularly loud or rich sounding, but a good starter or perhaps intermediate level fiddle.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

I bought it used, but it was set up satisfactory.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

It is not a gorgeous fiddle. The wood is medium flame and the appearance has a dull shine to it.

Appearance Rating: 6

Reliability

It has stood up well over the years and I have never had a problem with it.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

It was probably made in the 20s in Germany and from what little I know about these fiddles, the manufacturer does not exist anymore.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

All it’s parts were made well. I changed the tailpiece out for one with fine adjusters for all the strings and a different chin rest. I also polished (with toothpaste) the top and back to shine the finish somewhat. Everything else is original to when I purchased it

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

It is a good fiddle, but not as loud as most fiddles that friends play. The tone is not as rich as other fiddles I have heard either, but not scratchy either. It records well. Were I a good fiddler player who played with a group, I would trade it for a louder fiddle, but it is satisfactory to learn on and be used in public occasionally.

Overall Rating: 7

China ?: N/A

Submitted by MitchellB on 10/22/2008

Where Purchased: eBay

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: $50.00 ($US)

Sound

It seems to be an OK fiddle. Not particularly loud or rich sounding, but a good starter or perhaps intermediate level fiddle. It is a standard Stradivarius copy.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

The set up was very rough. I had to trim the peg holes, bridge and soundpost to fit properly.

Setup Rating: 3

Appearance

The finish is a deep black paint or stain with gold (probably painted) lines around the edges. Very pretty.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

It has stood up well so far and I have never had a problem with it.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

I bought it new, but it has no name or makers mark on it. Probably made in China and I doubt it has a warranty that would be honored if I needed it.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

All it’s parts appear to be made well. The fit of the external parts like pegs, bridge and soundpost were not done properly. Once they were fitted, the fiddle sounded and played much better.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

It is a good fiddle, and the black finish is unique. It is louder than most fiddles I have owned, but not as loud as most good fiddles that friends play. The tone is not as rich as other fiddles I have heard either. For the money considering it came with a case and bow, it is a good deal. I have thought that I would perhaps make a solid body electric fiddle out of it someday because of its appealing jet-black finish and cheap cost (in case I screw it up).

Overall Rating: 7

Stainer: n/a

Submitted by MitchellB on 10/22/2008

Where Purchased: Milwaukee pawnshop

Year Purchased: 1981
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

It seems to be an OK fiddle. Not particularly loud or rich sounding, but a good starter or perhaps intermediate level fiddle. It has a new finish on it, so I hope it will sound a little better with age.

Sound Rating: 6

Setup

I bought it used, but it was set up satisfactory at the time. I allowed a friend to repair a small crack in the top, but sadly he died before completeing it. When I got it back most of the finish had been stripped and most of the parts were missing. It now had 3 cracks in the top and nothing had been repaired.

Setup Rating: 1

Appearance

It is not a gorgeous fiddle. The wood is medium flame and I have refinished it in a dark walnut/brown hand rubbed varnish to hide the crack repairs I made.

Appearance Rating: 4

Reliability

The top had 3 cracks in it that I repaired. The neck angle seems a little low and it now sports a new hand rubbed varnish finish.

Reliability Rating: 4

Customer Service

It was probably made in the 20s and from what little I know about these fiddles, the German manufacturer does not exist anymore.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The top has 3 crack repairs around the F-holes. I changed the tailpiece out for one with fine adjusters for all the strings and a different chin rest. It had Grover Champion friction tuners pegs on it originally when I bought, but they were missing when I got it back. The peg holes are enlarged so normal wooden pegs will not fit it.

Components Rating: 5

Overall Comments

German made Joseph Stainer copy. Stamped in ink on the inside of the back and stamped Stainer on back. It will be a good fiddle, but not as loud as most fiddles that friends play. The tone is rich and it records well. Were I a good fiddler player who played a lot, I would trade it for a better (unrepaired unrefinished) fiddle, but it is satisfactory to learn on and be used in public occasionally.

Overall Rating: 5

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