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Bluegrass Shack Productions has one of the finest selections of fractional and full size violins and fiddles over the internet. All of our instruments come set up and ready to play, and there are sound clips of each one for you to listen to. We are currently in the process of photographing and recording our vintage fiddles, which number over 500 in all, so if you don't see what you are looking for, feel free to contact us. Most of our vintage fiddles start at $300.

We do carry new cases (starting at $50 with purchase of instrument) and bows (starting at $25 with purchase of instrument) and can get you a price quote upon request.

Bluegrass Shack Productions wants you to be satisfied with your purchase. If you are looking for a fiddle and you don't know what size to order, or if you aren't sure if you should buy new, used, or vintage, take a look at this information from the LearnBluegrass website.

One of the most frequent questions we get asked is, "What is the difference between a fiddle and a violin?" There is no difference in the instrument at all. The setup of the instrument might be slightly different, such as a different brand of string or a different bridge curvature. Usually classical players refer to the instrument as a violin, and bluegrass, country and folk musicians will refer to it as a fiddle. Your purchase will work for any style of music!

If you save your receipt, you will also be able to trade in your fiddle for a different size (for children starting on a less than full size instrument) or for a more expensive one later on. We offer great trade-in values, many times giving you the full amount you paid for your instrument when it is returned to us in good condition with the original receipt.

Instruments may be purchased using a credit card or your checking account through PayPal. This is free for buyers. You may also call us with your credit card number. If you would like to purchase with a check or money order, please contact us at BluegrassShack@aol.com for instructions. Thank you and happy looking!

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle Outfit $260
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Reference No. 4278

SOLD! I expect this one to sell quickly! It is made by Kay Instruments - Chicago. I don't know what year, but possibly the 1970's era. It was imported from Taiwan. It features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, plastic chinrest, and upgraded Prelude strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is good. Original varnish is in good condition, with some scratches, dents and dings. Light wear to the edges. Top is fine-grained spruce, with maple back, sides and neck. There are several repaired 1 to 1-3/4" cracks in the top to the left of the bridge on the bass end. See Pic 1. The center seam might have been reglued, but I can't tell. The varnish there is cracked right at the seam, so it looks like it is a crack, but it is not. It is solid. See Pic 1. Purfling is painted on. Flaming on the back and sides is painted on. I would classify this one as medium loud in volume with a full, warm and sweet tone quality. This would be good for any style of music! Highly recommended in this price range!

Comes complete with an older wooden case and cheap student bow.

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle Outfit $299
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Reference No. 4249

SOLD! This is a real beauty! Take a look at the nice, one-piece back! It features ebony pegs with Parisian eye, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with Parisian eye and four fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition, with virtually no scratches, dents or dings. No wear to the edges. Top is medium to fine-grained spruce, with a flamed one-piece maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as loud in volume with a bright tone quality. This one will get you heard in any acoustic setting! Great for bluegrass, Irish or folk.

Comes complete with used case and bow, and also a few accessories.

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Used German 4/4 Violin/Fiddle $399
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Reference No. 3375

A. Schroetter, made in Mittenwald, Germany. No date on tag, but mostly likely 1980's. This instrument features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, plastic chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in very good condition, with some dents, dings and scratches overall. There is a worn spot in the varnish on the back. See Pic 1. Light to moderate wear to the edges. One corner has been repaired (top and ribs). Looks like a very nice job -- See Pic 2. I don't see any cracks or repaired cracks. Top is medium to fine-grained spruce, with a lightly flamed maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as loud in volume with a bright tone quality. Even across all strings and easy to play! Great for bluegrass, Irish or folk.

Does not include case or bow.

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle $399
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Reference No. 3391

Kurt Wittelsbach, Made in West Germany, ca. 1987. This wonderful instrument features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, plastic chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in good condition, with numerous dents, dings and scratches overall. There is moderate wear to the edges. There is a tiny, 1/8" tight saddle crack in the top over the block. No other cracks or repaired cracks. Top is very even, fine-grained spruce, with a nicely flamed maple back, sides and neck. The neck is slightly more narrow at the nut, so string spacing is better suited to smaller hands. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume with a bright, clear tone quality. Great for bluegrass, Irish or folk.

Does not include case or bow.

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle Outfit $410
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Reference No. 4238

SOLD! Nice warmth and depth, especially in this price range! This is a Knilling VN40F. If features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and upgraded Prelude strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in excellent condition, very few dents, dings or scratches. There is a chip to bass side f-hole. See Pic 1. Virtually no wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. Top is medium-grained spruce, with a nicely flamed maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume with a warm, slightly deeper tone quality. Great for any style of music! Highly recommended in this price range!

Comes complete with case and bow.

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Used 4/4 Romanian Violin/Fiddle Outfit $425
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Reference No. 3803

This is a 2019 Gliga made in Romania. This wonderful instrument features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition, with virtually no dents, dings or scratches overall. Top is medium to fine-grained spruce, with a lightly flamed maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as loud in volume with a bright, clear tone quality. Great for bluegrass, Irish or folk!

Comes complete with used case and bow.

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Vintage Nippon Violin/Fiddle w/hard case $575
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Reference No. 1000

Vintage Nippon, ca. 1920. This instrument features ebony pegs; dyed hardwood fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; boxwood chinrest; and upgraded Chromcor strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is good. Instrument has been complete revarnished, but a fairly nice job! Very light wear on the edges. There a 4" repaired crack in the top extending downward from the treble f-hole. The back has been reglued at the end and looks solid, but there is a little bit of excess glue there. No other cracks or repaired cracks. There is a leather strip under the chinrest clamp that is visible in the pictures. I believe it was put there to keep the chinrest tool from scratching the ribs, but I don't really know. It can be easily removed. Top is very fine-grained spruce, and it has a beautifully flamed maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume. It has a slightly deep, warmer tone quality. Very forgiving tone would make it great for a beginning student of any type of music! Please note: This instrument is on consignment here and is not eligible for return or trade-in. Please call or e-mail if you have questions!

Includes a nice ABS (hard) case, but no bow.

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Vintage Czech Violin/Fiddle $575
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Reference No. 727

Vintage Czech, ca. 1920, from the Schoenbach region. This instrument features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; plastic chinrest; and steel strings. The body is 14-1/8", with an overall length of 23-3/8".

Overall condition is good. Original varnish is in good condition, though it does have a lot of chips, dents, dings and scratches. Moderate to heavy wear on the edges. There are two well-repaired cracks in the top, including a repaired saddle crack on the treble side that is about 3-1/2" long, and a repaired 2-1/2 crack to the left of the fingerboard. No other cracks or repaired cracks. One corner of the top on the bass side has been chipped and is missing. This will not affect the tone or playability of the instrument. Instrument is solid and ready to play! Nice flaming on the maple back! I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume. It has a bright, clear tone quality.

Does not include case or bow.

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Used 4/4 Knilling London 114VN44 Violin/Fiddle Outfit $599
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Reference No. 4235

Good tone and slight warmth! This instrument features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; ebony chinrest; and upgraded Prelude strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition. Virtually no dents, dings or scratches. No wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. I would classify this one as loud in volume, with a moderately bright but slightly warm tone quality. Even across all strings, and great for all styles of music! This one won't last long!

Comes complete with case & bow.

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4/4 Vintage German Violin/Fiddle $650
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Reference No. 3381

Vintage German, ca. 1950's? Label inside reads: TON-KLAR, the David, made in Germany expressly for William Lewis & Son, Chicago, Illinois, No. 168 4/4. I love the beautiful, red varnish on this one! It features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; plastic chinrest; and steel strings. The body is 14-1/8", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in good condition, but it has lots of dents, dings and scratches. Moderate wear on the edges. I don't see any cracks or repaired cracks. The number "21" has been engraved into the button. See Heel picture. Top is even, fine-grain spruce, and the back, sides and neck are nicely flamed maple. This one has a nice, thin neck, which can make it easier to play if you have shorter fingers! I would classify this one as loud in volume, with a bright and clear tone quality. Great for bluegrass!

Does not include case or bow.

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Used 4/4 Romanian Violin/Fiddle Outfit $725
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Reference No. 4239

Nice depth and warmth! This is a Knilling Bucharest made in Romania, model 5KF. It features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; plastic chinrest; and upgraded Prelude strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition, with virtually no dents, dings or scratches. No wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. Top is fine to wide-grained spruce, and the back, sides and neck are nicely flamed maple. I would classify this one as moderately loud to loud in volume, with a warm, slightly bassy tone quality. Nice depth! Beautiful tone quality! Great for any style of music!

Comes complete with case and bow.

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4/4 Vintage American Violin/Fiddle Outfit $799
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Reference No. 1764

SOLD! Great projection and wonderful bluegrass tone! This is an American fiddle made by Ulbrich Tatter in 1908. It features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; plastic chinrest; and upgraded Prim strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in good condition, with lots of dents, dings and scratches. Moderate to heavy wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. Top is made from many pieces of spruce, which is a defining characteristic of this maker. (See Pic 1.) Spruce is even and very fine-grained spruce. The back, sides and neck are nicely flamed maple. Nice arching! I would classify this one as loud in volume, with a bright, bluegrassy tone quality. Nice depth! Don't let this one get away from you!

Comes complete with case and bow.

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Vintage Czech 4/4 Violin/Fiddle $850
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Reference No. 2988

Wow! Very smooth and easy to play! This is a collectible "Universal Favorite" Czech made instrument from around 1980-1900. It features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in good condition, with scratches, dents and dings comparable to normal age and wear. Moderate wear to the edges, with one edge slightly flattened (See Pic 1). There is a repaired 1-1/2" crack in the top to the right of the tailpiece. There is also a repaired crack in one of the ribs (See Pic 2). I don't see any other cracks or repaired cracks. Top is spruce and is mostly wide-grained, with a lightly flamed maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as loud in volume with a full, moderately bright tone quality. Nice depth! This one is very smooth and easy to play! Great for bluegrass!

Does not include case or bow.

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Vintage French JTL Violin/Fiddle $1050
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Reference No. 3432

Vintage JTL French, ca. 1920. Great deal on a French instrument! This one features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; ebony chinrest; and steel strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in very good condition with dents, dings and scratches overall. There is a 3-1/4" repaired crack in the top extending upwards from the treble f-hole. There is also a repaired 4-1/2" crack in the top under the chinrest that extends from the bottom edge to the bass f-hole. I see no other cracks or repaired cracks. Top is medium to wide-grained spruce, and the back, sides and neck are maple. Purfling is etched. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume, with a moderate all around tone quality. Even across all strings! Neck is slightly more narrow at the nut, making this more ideal for smaller fingers. Great for all styles of music! Great price!

Does not include case or bow.

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Used Romanian Violin/Fiddle Outfit $1050
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Reference No. 4236

Wow wow wow! Absolutely beautiful wood and tone! This is a Knilling Anton Eminescu Model 24F made in Romania. It features fancy ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with one fine tuners; ebony chinrest; and upgraded Dominant strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition with virtually no dents, dings or scratches overall. Top is very even, fine-grained spruce, and the back, sides and neck are wonderfully flamed maple! The scroll is beautifully carved, as are the top and back edges! I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume, with a slightly deep tone quality. Even across all strings! Great for all styles of music! Great price!

Comes complete with case and bow.

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Vintage Martin Violin/Fiddle $1875
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Reference No. 16EA

Vintage Martin, ca. 1900-1920. Beautiful instrument in great condition! This one features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; ebony chinrest; and Dominant strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/8".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in very good condition with dents, dings and scratches overall. Moderate wear to the edges. There is a well repaired crack in the rib near the endpin. See "End" picture. The top corners (bee stings) are all chipped. I don't see any other cracks or repaired cracks. Top is very even, super fine-grained spruce, and the back, sides and neck are nicely flamed maple. I would classify this one as loud in volume, with a clear tone quality. This would cut through any acoustic jam session very nicely! Great for bluegrass or Irish music!

Does not include case or bow.

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For more information about any of these violins or if you are looking for something that is not listed here, please send an e-mail to BluegrassShack@aol.com.

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