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Fiddle Kit

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Fiddle Kit

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Fiddle Kit

About This Item

Take pride in making your own violin. Ease of assembly and an outstanding price make this one of our most popular kits.

You'll learn about instrument making, and have a lot of fun along the way! If you're a first-timer, this kit is a fine head start and a convenient alternative to building from scratch. Many guitarmakers tell us this kit gives them a fun break and a valuable learning experience, too.

All the parts to make a standard 4/4-size violin are included, for convenient one-step ordering. You won't need a fully equipped woodshop—hand tools will do, because the machine work has already been done for you. Complete easy-to-follow assembly instructions are included. Our fiddle kit is a fine head start for making your own violin.

When your Fiddle Kit arrives, the spruce top and curly maple back have been carved and sanded, and the back has been glued to the linings, blocks and curly maple ribs. Channels are already routed for easily installing the decorative purfling trim. The machine-shaped neck is ready for sanding and fitting to the instrument. Bass bar fitting, parts assembly, finishing and setup will complete a rewarding project. Sign your label with pride!

Also included:
Ebony fingerboard, nut and saddle, boxwood tailpiece with adjustable fastener, E-string adjuster, boxwood chinrest, endpin and tuning pegs, maple bridge, purflings, spruce bass bar, soundpost, and assembly instructions.

View our Fiddle kit instructions and our recommended tool list for building this kit.

Bow and strings sold separately.


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Fiddle Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the Fiddle Kit, including a recommended tool list.

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5.0

A truly excellent kit.

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The violin kit far exceeded my expectations. I saw this all-in experience as a sort of correspondence course on how to make a violin, so if I was challenged, the more the merrier. The purfling was my first and turned out well. The instructions were also first-rate. I glued on the neck having gone through all the steps and discovered that I was 1/16" off. With timely, bang-on advice from your technical department, I steamed off the neck, made the fine adjustments and was back on the road. I'm now fine sanding getting ready for the finish. All the woods are quite beautiful and of a high grade so I am looking forward to the final result. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey, albeit a bit rocky in places (all down to the vagueries of human skill, not at all the fault of the kit or instructions). An outstanding product.

5.0

fiddle kit

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I have ordered three of your kits and I can say they are fairly simple to build"well at least until you really read up on violin building. The kit itself I will give 5 thumbs and the service 10. I originally bought the kit to prepare for the mandoline kit. I honestly believe that I am stuck on the violin!

5.0

very nice wood

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My only complaint wood be the purfling channels were rough at the points and had to be filled...but the sound is fantastic compared to the new custom hand built fiddles that come through
my shop....sorry guys but my finish is better too (-: I will build more.

5.0

A Great violin Kit

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This is the first time that I try to built a violin kit. Your kit is easy to perform, but its sound is surprisingly great beyond my expectation. with much Thanks, Hiro from Toyama

5.0

Great Kit for Novice or Experienced Luthiers

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If you are just starting out, this is a great kit to learn the ropes. You might seek other sources of information outside the provided manual, but even if you don't you'll get good results. I chose to French polish the violin with amber shellac which really made the book-matched curly maple back the focus.

For experienced luthiers, this could be a fast track to produce a good quality instrument at an affordable price. You can certainly separate the back plate from the sides and do some additional thinning after performing frequency analysis to tune the plates. There is still plenty of work to be done, but this would certainly save you some time and effort.

I would definitely recommend this kit. I had some minor issues with the first one shipped to me. I contacted customer service and explained the issue and they sent another one out. Completely satisfied and nice to know that there are some places that haven't outsourced their customer service overseas.

2.0

Hit or Miss

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I'm not going to rant, rather warn. Check everything when it arrives.

Make sure things fit, that holes are drilled in the correct place, that the neck is not bowed or twisted. If I had double checked everything I would not have started working on it and would have happily returned it for another one (based on the all the rave reviews). My nice winter project has turned into months of doing it myself. On the up side... I learned a lot about making a violin by having to fix or remake kit parts that were substandard.
Did I mention... check everything before you start. If you're not happy, send it back.

5.0

#5342 FIDDLE kIT

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This kit is a good value. Most of the hard work has been done, just finish it! Components appear to be of good quality.

5.0

my most recent discovery

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I have to rave about certain aspects of this kit, from the perspective of an amateur.

I made the discovery today that this fiddle holds a tune better than I could have possibly hoped. I didn't touch this instrument for over 6 weeks and I only needed to tweak the fine tuners slightly to get it into concert pitch. I was stunned. The tone of the instrument is very nice, though I'm not a fiddler so I can't compare, and quite loud.

I am not a trained woodworker in any sense, and I did not graduate the top and back, left them as-is. I see many reviewers took the time to do that, but if you're not comfortable with that task, you should know that it isn't required to get a good result.

4.0

Awesome kit, and awesome customer service

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I bought this kit recently, and was quite excited to open it up and check it out. The back is nicely flamed, and I'm really looking forward to putting it together.

I had one problem - the fingerboard was damaged. It has a weird stain on it, and it's pretty deep. I couldn't get it off, so I contacted customer service, and they're shipping me a new one free of charge.

I'm very happy with my purchase, and absolutely would buy this kit again.

5.0

Best for this price

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You get everything you need to build a decent fiddle. The quality of the material could be improved a little (i.e.: no micro knots on the back or narrower veins on the belly), but overall, this is a good kit.

Instructions leaflet is clear and informative. Being a professional luthier since 1987, I'll have no trouble completing this kit.

The belly has eventually to be worked down at some spots to get a better acoustical response, but if you skip this fussy step, a good sound can be obtained anyway.

If you live in Europe (as I do) think about customs and taxes.

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