The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57255   Message #899404
Posted By: NicoleC
26-Feb-03 - 04:14 PM
Thread Name: When your luthier disses your baby
Subject: When your luthier disses your baby
Admittedly this is 90% whining, and only 10% question, but...

The only luthier I have local who's really a pro is very much an "orchestral" violin guy. Even though he did a nice job for a fair price, I'm really annoyed. He used every opportunity to insult my instrument. He didn't even want to shape my bridge the way I told him (halfway between an orchestral curve and a flat fiddler's bridge), but he did finally do it.

I LIKE my fiddle. I know it has things wrong with it and I know it isn't a prize possession. No classical violinist would want it, but hey, I'm a fiddle player. I know it's loud (aka "banjo killer") and I know it's not perfect (it was made in a factory) and yeah, it's kinda ugly. If you were 110 years old you'd have some scuffs around the edges, too.

I like that he pointed out construction flaws that affect the setup and playability, but am I out of line thinking he shouldn't keep telling me he doesn't like the way it sounds after I've told him I do? I may want to get some more work done on it, but I don't really want to go back to him at this point. What's a gal to do? Is this normal?