I'm a clavichord maker, (baroque keyboard instruments) but am currently retired from the trade, due to sub standard wages for my painstaking efforts. I have a second love, the violin, and have apprenticed and worked part time in the violin business for well on 18 years. While most shops are focusing on new Chinese instruments, I have been almost exclusively selling true antiques, over 100 years old.
Now of course that's not saying that much as some very cheap mass produced violins where coming out of Southern Germany 100-150 years ago, but even so, the better ones can hold their own quite well tonally against new Chinese imports in the same price point, that is at least if you don't overprice the antiques.
I am eternally grateful to Violinist.com for providing me with a web page in the old directory(now hidden, but still visible via google)for my limited advertising endeavors, but have decided to ramp it up a bit with a professional preformatted website that I built myself with limited computer knowledge and no HTML skills etc.
Its costing me only $20 a month for the first year, and about $30 a month after that.
Anyway if you want to see pictures and professional you tube recordings of beautiful clavichords I have built, and pictures of some fine violins I have worked on and a whole lot about me, my philosophy, and how I run a small violin business out of my house, check out this new website and let me know what you think.
PS I don't do internet sales, I'm strictly a local business, so for 98% of you this is not advertising, just informational!!
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