From bob rayburn
Posted March 9, 2010 at 03:13 PM
Do you have more information on the shop? I do a web search, and I can't find the shop's web site. I usually check their trial policy, their exchange policy, what other products they carry (is it focused on making a buck, or does it have a fairly full line of what a musician needs). Since I do not know the shop directly, that is the kind of thing I look for.
Based on your response, I would suggest the company does not exist as a company.
I rented a violin from a guy I found on CraigsList when I first started playing. He was selling violins out of his house, had a rental policy, and when I stopped by to get the violin, the requisite dog was there making sharp noises at the visitor. To sign the rental agreement, he had to get an ink pen from the kitchen drawer.
That said, he did have a web presence, had an identified policy that was published, and was stable. Although the first violin I bought was not from him, I did buy a bow from him later.
If there is no footprint, there is no company. In this age of the internet, almost anyone has some internet presence. The lack of presence is as telling as finding something.
I Googled the name. I found a violin maker in Westlake, Tx, who identifies himself as the owner of that shop, but no company information, no contact information.
The violin market is pretty competitive. There are plenty of fine values available from dealers that you can actually find. Best to deal with someone close who can stand behind the product and has a decent trade-in policy, IMHO.
I have one of Vince's violins, and keep in touch with him quite regularly. He used to have a website, but took it down after moving from Texas. I can vouch for him being a fantastic luthier, and guy to work with. His work can definitely compete with the big buys. If you want some more information, please feel free to message me privately, and I will give you a contact number for me so that I can answer any questions you may have about my experience with him and his violins. He's also a bow maker.
Well, I guess he has a presence of some kind; although in this age, I have a difficult time seeing how someone could be so far off the RADAR for internet presence. I guess it could be a choice of lifestyle.
Sometimes I forget that a computer is not a necessity. I now have to ammend my previous statement to add 'someone that is unknown in the music community, or <insert previous statements>'.
I don't believe that you have to have internet presence. A website doesn't determine the quality of an instrument. The ultimate factor is whether the person buying the instrument likes it or not. Please excuse my spelling this morning.. Whoever invented 8 am should be taken out back.. *Yawn
You're right, but I sometimes forget that. I know my life would be simpler if I didn't have a computer, and possibly more satisfying. Instead, I have 5, not counting the blackberry, so I'm miserably connected and sometimes lose perspective.
I understand that, Roland. I seem to be glued to my email these days! How do you like the Blackberry? I've been thinking about getting one for the scheduling capabilities. Vince tends to be more word of mouth/ recomendation. He has built instruments for high profile musicians. I originally learned about him from a former teacher. He built not only my modern instrument, but also my Baroque instrument. He outfits all of my students now. He used to be in Dallas, but now he's in the Seattle area.
I like mine; I have the Curve. It is small, easy to use, and I can easily navigate the screens.
The down side is that I needed to sign up for a data plan to get it. My preference was for voice only service, but I needed to access outlook; the only phones that do outlook these days (for Sprint) are smart phones, and need a data plan. So, I now pay twice as much for service as I really need.
One daydream I have at times is to semi retire and work in a shop, making something more for fun that need, and not be so connected. Reality, however, is that I would find a way to add tech gadgets until it is impossible to relax.
I have Sprint as well. Looks like I won't be getting a Blackberry anytime soon. There will be no data plan purchasing from this one. I would much rather purchase strings for my violin... Poor Tristan Gambit hasn't had a new set on for 8 months :( I haven't been able to afford them, I've been playing on totally dead strings since September.
My name is Vincent J Lour Blanc, I own the Olde World Violin Shoppe. I now use the name Old World Trading Company. I am a real violin maker with 22 years experience in making and restoration. I bought a 80 ft wooden boat to build a travelling violin shop. I am currently on Orcas Island in the San Juan islands in beautiful Washington State. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org . I am currently building a world class website that will reflect the quality and service I provide. I specialize in professional student instruments through college level. I make violins at a high level of skill and sell no more than 5 a year of this type. Please feel free to contact me any time.
Vincent J Lour Blanc
Old World Trading Co.
Awesome Vincent - hi. Amazin who you find on this web site. An 80 foot wooden boat roving luthiers? Where else would that turn up...
I'd consider your violins just to visit the boat!
www.oldworldtradingco.com This is my website. There are no models listed there yet but I have pictures of some of the other instruments I make.
Vincent J Lour Blanc
Old World Violin Shoppe
Old World Trading Co.
if ya need someone to swab the decks and "play in" the instruments-- I might be available.
I just found out that there is a mill there that specialises in tonewoods, so actually it makes a lot of sense to have a violin shop boat there. I guess stocking up and hand picking wood to make some good stuff.
My big wood mill hand picking experiences were in building kayaks but the one I used was really fun and they built a lot of different things right there.
My name is Vincent J Lour Blanc, I own the Old World Trading Co/ Old World Violin Shop. My shop is on board my 80 ft fishing boat the BEBOP located in Brownsville marina in Washington State. I also work in Texas occasionally and I have a new shop in China. My shop in China is not a cheap Chinese instrument shop. I built the shop in my wifes house in XinXiang China where we live. I still make instruments and now offer less expensive high quality student instruments. I am considering moving my boat to Petersburg Alaska and living there in the summer time. My current website is www.oldworldtradingco.com and my email is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Thank You for your support and friendship.Vincent J Lour Blanc
Both my sites you can find me here
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