The Fiddle and Violin Buyer's Guide - $19.95
by Ryan J. Thomson, 32 pages, 8.5" by 11",
comb bound, soft cover, illustrated, includes: a
detailed discussion of each part of a violin;
locating good instruments; choosing between a
new or used violin; selecting the proper bow;
determining the quality of construction;
selecting an instrument by its sound, buying on
eBay vs buying from a dealer, special section on
how to buy a left handed violin, more. ISBN
978-0-931877-11-7, - $19.95
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Reviews of The Fiddle & Violin Buyer's Guide:
American String Teacher's Association (ASTA): "It does provide a handy introduction to
the world of instrument dealers and the process of selecting an instrument. Thomson adds
references to standard periodicals and resource guides, catalogs, and articles, reproduces
photos of violin labels, supplies, and the like. He describes basic equipment and gives
diagnostic tips for spotting the problems underlying a buzz in the fiddle."
Tennessee Folklore Society: "Now the area of greatest need for this book obviously would
be with all the beginning fiddlers. Also, the intermediate violin students who have
reached the point where they feel they are ready for a better instrument will find the
advice contained here to be invaluable. In addition, I feel that a lot of the knowlegeable
("old pro") violin makers and players who know exactly what to look for in a new or used
instrument will want this book for reference purposes. It also is a fascinating book which
will allow one to "compare notes and opinions" on this fascinating subject. In short, there
is a wealth of material presented here. It is all most useful and clearly presented."
Folk Legacy: "Whether you now play, or want to play the violin or fiddle, they are
essentially the same instrument. This book is packed with unusual and useful information
about how to purchase a good instrument and a good bow. Choices and alternatives are
offered: will it be new or used? (And what to look for in both); handmade or factory-made?
price range and what you get for it; looking for flaws, judging the finish, what to look for
in the bridge, the f-holes, soundpost, strings, tailpiece."
Bluegrass Unlimited: "What will help you on your fiddle-hunting expeditions is to take
along a knowledgeable friend and a copy of the Fiddle and Violin Buyer's Guide. Ryan
Thomson, the author of several other fiddle-related books, wants to help people find the
best fiddles that they can afford, and to that end, he's packed a wealth of information,
advice, and insight into this handy little book."
Victory Music Review: "The Buyer's Guide is valuable for all fiddlers, giving specific tips on
locating, selecting and caring for an instrument."
Dirty Linen: "I have never seen another publication that assembles so much useful
information on violin buying and maintenance."
Sing Out!: "A very practical little book, it explains the many details of violin construction
and repair. The author gives simple tips for buyers and players, providing a reliable manual
on the construction, attributes, features, qualities and selection criteria to consider in
evaluating instruments. Included are also helpful hints on the care and repair of the
fiddle and a limited discussion of price ranges and brands. A short bibliography leads
the reader to more detailed information."
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* the first edition of this book is out of print