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Oct 16, 2021 - 4:34:41 PM
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5620 posts since 7/1/2007

Yes, it's finally gonna happen! I just got a big endorsement from the top fiddler in Branson, and it's producing a lot of referrals. Combined with a host of other reasons, including finding someone I really enjoy working with on web design, it's absolutely time to get a decent web site up. I closed the brick and mortar store a couple of years ago, but I've got plenty of stock, photos, demo videos, plus I've got some pretty interesting high-dollar and/ or rare fiddles that nobody's gonna see in a little shop in Shawnee, KS unless I start showing them online. Right now, 12/7 is a short week, and a web site, believe it or not, will save me quite a bit of time.

One thing I know for sure: It's gonna be built for browsing, so people can look through my stock and listen to demo videos, and compare one with another, but they're gonna have to talk to me in order to buy. It's all about service. Part of my service is matching people up to instruments that work for them. If people already know what they want, and want a particular item, I'll make it easy. But most people seem like they would like to talk to an actual human being, so that's how I plan to set things up. You won't be able to order like from Amazon. I'm a one-man shop and may not provide 100% next-day shipping like many larger shops do, but I can be prompt and keep customers informed.

So, I'm asking, if you've ever shopped for a fiddle on line, what did you wish for that you didn't find? What did you find annoying that I should avoid? We're making near final decisions, and it's your chance to have a voice and affect the outcome. We can always change things if enough people speak up, but I'd like to get as close as I can to start. Time frame to having an operating site is 2-3 weeks.

Oct 16, 2021 - 6:57:11 PM
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269 posts since 6/3/2016

I own three normal fiddles. I bought two of them online, and was very happy both times. A big factor was that recordings and video was available of both instruments. I have considered buying other instruments online, but have not done it because there was too much risk about the sound. It's true that reputation of the luthier and / or shop is important. But having recordings of individual instruments helps a lot. 

Oct 16, 2021 - 7:57:20 PM

5620 posts since 7/1/2007

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Originally posted by RinconMtnErnie

I own three normal fiddles. I bought two of them online, and was very happy both times. A big factor was that recordings and video was available of both instruments. I have considered buying other instruments online, but have not done it because there was too much risk about the sound. It's true that reputation of the luthier and / or shop is important. But having recordings of individual instruments helps a lot. 


I do send instruments out on approval. I was thinking an escrow service would be useful, minimizing risk on both sides. Does that help?

Oct 17, 2021 - 8:03:52 AM

269 posts since 6/3/2016

Being able to try instruments on approval is certainly important. The instruments I was thinking of were made to order, so there was no possibility of trying them out. But they also had no recordings of what they sound like, so I could only go by reputation of the luthier. It was enough money that I wasn't willing to take the risk.

My point is that a recording makes it more likely that someone will want to try out an instrument to begin with.

Oct 17, 2021 - 8:42:18 AM
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2576 posts since 7/12/2013

Good for you! I think great videos and sound, probably different styles of music would be helpful too, classical, bluegrass, jazz.

Also if it's possible to tag fiddles for certain kind of music, maybe that would help people narrow down their choices.

Make sure it's easy for you to update. If it's a pain, you may not spend the time to update it and the worst thing in a web site is if as the consumer you can't trust that it's up to date.

If people are coming back, they might like a "Newest violins" filter, so that they can see just the newest ones added.

Make it easy for people to ask questions about a specific violin and not have to copy and paste the name/link.

Make it mobile friendly, most people browse content on their mobile phones.

Just a few ideas.

Oct 17, 2021 - 2:02:56 PM
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5620 posts since 7/1/2007

Good thoughts! You really can't see the pictures or hear the demos on a mobile phone, but you can get an idea whether it's worth going home and opening up something with a decent screen and speakers!

I can set up search terms for tpw of music, but good fiddles overlap a lot, depending on setup and choice of strings. On instruments that have really good ddynamic and color response (violins), I'll shoot a second, classical demo.

Edited by - KCFiddles on 10/17/2021 14:06:51

Oct 18, 2021 - 9:33:27 AM

2576 posts since 7/12/2013

I'd disagree about mobile, if you google statistics about people watching YouTube, 67% watch it on their phones. Lots of people wear good headphones, so sound should be just fine. And most people are used to watching videos and looking at photos on their phones.

Oct 18, 2021 - 2:03:57 PM
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5505 posts since 9/26/2008

Many don't even have a computer proper - phones are far more computer than the one an average person owned just 10 years ago.

Oct 18, 2021 - 3:14:11 PM
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Originally posted by fiddlinsteudel

I'd disagree about mobile, if you google statistics about people watching YouTube, 67% watch it on their phones. Lots of people wear good headphones, so sound should be just fine. And most people are used to watching videos and looking at photos on their phones.


Right or wrong, the site WILL work on mobile, because it has to, regardless of my opinion.  The sound and video will be 1080P, and the pics will be as large and detailed as the format allows. Personally, I hate shopping on my phone, but the best answer to that seems to be to make a site that works as well as possible for buyers who prefer to use mobile.

I've been researching online escrow services, and they seem like good protection for both buyer and seller.

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