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Peter White, the Story of an American Violin Maker
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Peter White, the Story of an American Violin Maker

Fiddlershop is in the fortunate position to be able to carry a variety of unique and incredibly rare professional violins. Among these exquisite instruments is the 2014 Stradivari ‚ÄúTuscan‚ÄĚ and the 2019 Stradivari ‚ÄúMessiah,‚ÄĚ both of which are bench-made violins created by Gold Medal winner Peter White. Mr. White currently has a workbench among the Fiddlershop‚Äôs luthiers and he was able to offer insight on his inspirations, impediments, and journey through the violin community.¬†
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Our Employees' Favorite Products

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Fiddlershop's Picks: Bow Rosins
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Fiddlershop's Picks: Bow Rosins

Our Favorite Bow Rosins Rosin¬†is the key to unlocking the sound from your bowed string instrument.¬† When applied to the bow hair,¬† the rosin creates sticky friction between the string and bow. The rosined hair grips the strings, pulling out beautiful vibrations of sound and notes. However, not all rosins are created equal. That's why we've decided to list our top picks for rosin in this article. Take a look. ¬†Andrea Violin Solo Rosin With versions for¬†viola¬†and cello as well, Andrea Solo Rosin is one of the most powerful rosins on the market, today. Formerly known as Tartini Rosin, many renowned string players around the world hailed it for its projection and sound enhancement capabilities. Through rebranding, Andrea Rosin introduced¬†more improvements on the original production. "I love the Andrea Solo Rosin because of its easy application, long-lasting use before re-application, and the great grip." -¬†Pierre Holstein, Founder of Fiddlershop and Fiddlerman "Great rosin! Let's you grab the string and pull a great tone with very little dust to boot. Highly recommend it." -¬†Mark Cooper, customer Holstein Premium Rosin Holstein Premium Rosin makes our list due to its affordability and quality. Here's what some of the Fiddlershop staff members say.‚ÄĚThe Holstein rosin is a hybrid between light and dark rosin - providing a nice smooth tone while giving firm grip with very little dust!‚ÄĚ -¬†Michael Holstein, Fiddlershop CEO "If you apply too much of this rosin to the bow, it will produce a lot of dust. However, the best part of Holstein Premium Rosin is you don't have to apply a huge amount to make the bow effective. After the first couple of days using it, each practice session produced very little dust, but still maintained the same powerful grip. I practice every day for almost an hour, and I did not have to apply rosin until a little over a month later." -¬†Jasmine Reese, Fiddlershop Blogger D'Addario Kaplan Artcraft Rosin, Dark & Light Affordable and durable rosin -- it comes in a small and lightweight case. There is a¬†light¬†and dark version. "The best two budget rosins for people who tend to drop their rosins are Kaplan Artcraft, which comes in light or dark and the¬†Fiddlerman Select Dark Rosin¬†for violin, viola, and cello." -¬†Pierre Holstein ¬† ¬† Please contact Fiddlershop via our chat system, support@fiddlershop.com or¬†(954)-530-5999¬†if you have any questions. We're always happy to assist! :)
Instrument Spotlight: Fiddlerman Apprentice vs. Fiddlerman Concert Violin
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Instrument Spotlight: Fiddlerman Apprentice vs. Fiddlerman Concert Violin

Can You Tell the Difference? By Jasmine Reese - Out of all the violin brands we sell here at Fiddlershop, some of our absolute favorites come from the Fiddlerman, Tower, and Holstein lines. For an affordable price, these bench-made and Fiddlerman curated violins, violas, cellos, and double basses offer a powerful, mature, and quality sound with a beautiful exterior. Today, we'll focus on two of our Fiddlerman violins:  the Apprentice and Concert. Both violins have been available at our shop for years now. However, they recently received some exterior and interior upgrades, further securing their spot as top starter instruments for new and continuing students. Fiddlerman Apprentice Violin Outfit The Apprentice has a warm, smooth sound. It handles higher notes well. Don't let the price fool you! Its beautiful, dark varnish and quality sound will make people ask, "How expensive was that violin?" I remember when I bought my first violin. For the same price as the Apprentice, I received a bridge with a straight horizontal cut, subpar pegs, a crooked tailpiece, and a wonky bow. How embarrassing when I walked into my first violin lesson! It wasn't playable! But we've come a long way in this industry. Thanks to Fiddlershop's famous 10-point inspection, and the experts on our team who say "NO" to poor performing instruments, people can now start out on truly one of the best beginner violins on the market, today. The outfit includes a carbon fiber bow with durable Siberian horsehair, an oblong case, practice mute, polishing cloth, Fiddlerman rosin, and a shoulder rest. You think that's wonderful? For just $100 more, you can get the Concert violin. Fiddlerman Concert Violin Outfit Our Concert violin outfit breaks all misconceptions about affordable instruments. With its big and bold sound, it'll mesh just fine with the sounds of more expensive instruments in your local community orchestra. Pierre Holstein, aka Fiddlerman, tested both violins, and Fiddlershop takes pride in providing powerful instruments to musicians of all levels. The Concert violin is an excellent choice for intermediate to advanced players. If a more expensive instrument isn't an option at the moment, an advanced player will love the sound, playability, balance, and beauty of the Fiddlerman Concert violin. Just like the Apprentice, this outfit includes a case, bow, shoulder rest, rosin, polishing cloth, and an ultra practice mute. Watch Michael O'Gieblyn demonstrate the tone of each instrument below. Please contact Fiddlershop via our chat system, support@fiddlershop.com or  (954) 530-5999 if you have any questions. We're always happy to assist! :)  
Instrument Spotlight: Fiddlerman Concert Double Bass
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Instrument Spotlight: Fiddlerman Concert Double Bass

Due to the sheer size, the upright or double bass requires a meticulous construction with attention to detail, quality materials, and lots of love to produce a big, rich sound. Of course, all instruments require the same, but the bass is a heftier version of all the above. Many people think Pierre Holstein, aka Fiddlerman, only tests out the violins and violas. However, Fiddlerman tests, curates, and works directly with the maker to produce the best basses as well! Fiddlershop also sets up the double basses, and our Concert Double Bass is no exception. It has a gorgeous deep sound, and is a top quality bass in its price bracket. Fiddlerman Concert Double Bass Features German Pattern Bass Solid Hand-carved, Beautifully Figured Spruce and Maple Tone Woods Wood aged for 50+ years Wood Dried for 10+ years Russian Spruce Top and Asian Maple Back and Sides 100% High Quality Ebony Fingerboard & Tailpiece Hand-carved German Pattern Bridge Hand-rubbed, Deep Brown Oil/Spirit-based Finish D'addario Helicore Bass String Set Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability The Bass will arrive ready to play out of the box! 3/4 Size FIDDLERMAN BOW FEATURES Our Concert Bass comes with one of our Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bows.  Check out our full selection of bass bows! Strong, responsive, high-grade Carbon Fiber (far superior to Brazilwood) Durable Siberian Horse Hair for a smooth and full tone Nickel-mounted true Ebony Frog Click here to see our full selection of double basses....
Product Spotlight: Earasers
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Product Spotlight: Earasers

I know. It's a pain to think about the ways our instruments could do us harm. Poor position leads to joint injury, nerve issues, and prolonged exposure to the powerful decibels coming from our violins will cause hearing loss over time. In order to enjoy a long career anad education in music, we must take the proper precautions to ensure our physical health. For today, let's focus on protecting our hearing. Earasers are the most comfortable Fiddlershop has tested. Usually, earplugs will irritate the ear. They also distort the sound of the violin, which may make it difficult to play with good intonation. However, earasers lower the volume without sacrificing the quality and pitch. A hearing aid company actually designed the ear plugs, and the lead engineer is a musician. Therefore, they were created for the musician, knowing what will make us happy as far as sound quality goes.  The clear color makes them harder to spot in one's ear. The plugs lower decibels 19 levels, and come in a variety of sizes for a comfy and effective fit.  We suggest putting in ear plugs during long practice hours, performances, and rehearsals. It's ok to go without ear plugs for short amounts of time, but sustained exposure to high decibel situations is a good time to plug in the Earasers. Earasers Features Medical-Grade Silicone Patented Filter to Preserve Fidelity Reduces Damaging Frequencies by 19 dB Re-Usable and easy cleaning Includes plastic travel case Tip on sizes 75% of men use Medium 75% of women use Small75% of young adults use Small

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