I have not been on here for a while, mostly because of health reasons. But I still talk to the great violinists I met in CA. (often mentioned as the, "studio guys.").
You know that was 4-5 years ago, and now that I think about it, Dylana Jenson had it right. In one of the many of the discussions we had on here she said the difference between fiddles is few can be called true solo instruments. Of course for her the only true soloist instrument is made by Zygmuntowicz.
After trying so many myself, and talking to those guys who were involved in playing so many instruments, the culmination of all of that was Jenson's words: only a few make true soloist instruments. For those involved that eventually meant: Zyg, Curtin, Needham, Burgess and Bellini (though not all Bellinis or Zygs fell into this soloist catagory). Thisis not to say that we did not appreciate the other makers, it is to say that these were the only soloist instruments we played in the states.
Those are my 5 cents, what are yours?
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