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Oct 8, 2019 - 5:30:38 AM

bluesmode

Canada

738 posts since 2/19/2011

about a year ago I backed over my busking fiddle with my car. it was in the case of course, but even so...splinters. Please don't ask for any further details on that.

Longer story shorter, I went thru 3 fiddles trying to find something I was happy with and recently got an Eastman which I like. it's warm to medium warm, fairly open/wide sound, but still nicely focused. It came with Infeld Reds with Eudoxa E. the Reds worked well on that fiddle. I was tempted to try Pirastro Perpetual on it, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I switched the E to a Prelude, which brought the over all focus in better to where I wanted it.

I really like D'Addario Prelude E's and have used them quite a bit on different fiddles over the years. If any one is looking for a non-shrill, good volume, clear, decently thick gauge, feels good E, try the lowly prelude. At $4.50 you don't have much to lose.

Oct 8, 2019 - 7:32:57 AM

RichJ

USA

267 posts since 8/6/2013

Sounds like you're happy with the new fiddle. I checked the Eastman website and see their fiddles have a pretty wide price spectrum. Would you mind sharing the ball park range you were in to get what you wanted?

Oct 8, 2019 - 9:43:53 AM

bluesmode

Canada

738 posts since 2/19/2011

quote:
Originally posted by RichJ

Sounds like you're happy with the new fiddle. I checked the Eastman website and see their fiddles have a pretty wide price spectrum. Would you mind sharing the ball park range you were in to get what you wanted?


I was afraid someone was going to ask me that. I got some inside info from someone who used to work at the shop I got it from. The owner had rubbed out the model number. when the fiddle came in the owner figured Eastman had made a mistake with the model number cus it looked, sounded, and played so good. The model number was no doubt lower than what she priced it at. I paid $3800.00 with a $2800.00 trade.

but I don't really care if I over paid. I've played lots of more expensive fiddles that I've liked a lot less.

I knew the model number had been rubbed out before I bought cuz I could see it, or more correctly, not see it. a year before shortly after I ran over the other one, I tried about 8 fiddles at that shop (one of which was this Eastman) without looking at the prices. I much preferred that Eastman, but when I checked the price at $3800.00 I decided to hold off. 

The Sales girl who used to work there said she could have sold it a few times, but steered people away from it cus of the rubbed out model number situation. Well, I'm glad she did, otherwise I wouldn't have got it.

So I can't really answer your question accuratly.

Oct 8, 2019 - 3:26:40 PM

bluesmode

Canada

738 posts since 2/19/2011

I should add... pretty sure violin prices are inflated here in Calgary, more so than any other major center in Canada, and definitely higher than U.S. prices.

Oct 10, 2019 - 6:08:36 AM

2147 posts since 10/1/2008

The "thing", is to find a fiddle you like and can get along with. Money is secondary to that after any true "needs" are taken care of. Enjoy your new partner. I most recently found a mid grade Roth in the same price range and feel so lucky to have come across it. Play on! R/

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:17:13 AM

bluesmode

Canada

738 posts since 2/19/2011

Richard: congratulations on the Roth! I'm guessing you already know that Henry has one. I totally agree with your post. as I mentioned, I've played a lot of more expensive fiddles that I've liked a lot less. Case in point: Long & Mcquade here has a Topa priced at $6500.00, and I wouldn't want it at any price. Even the shop girl said she didn't think it was a very good Topa. Although I played a Topa at another shop and it was a very nice violin...but it was $13,000.00.

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:23:11 AM

4122 posts since 6/23/2007

Years back a dealer called me and offered me a discontinued model Eastman 800. For some reason I sold it and have been "kicking my butt" ever since. Other fiddlers really liked the sound of that fiddle. IMHO, all Eastman musical instruments give the buyer a lot of instrument for the money.

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:52:32 PM

bluesmode

Canada

738 posts since 2/19/2011

So... it looks like I'm not the only who either sold or traded a good fiddle from either stupidity or lack of experience. I've had 3 that I really wish I had back. one of them (prolly the best) was made in Chicago, but that was a long time ago and I was too inexperienced to know what I had. I asked the dealer to reverse the trade, which was a stupid thing to do. He did reverse the trade, but said "Dave, you're making a mistake"....he was right.

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