David W. Chandler – Violin and Fiddle maker
Burnsville, North Carolina
Made one at a time in the manner of the old masters
STYLE -- Made the old fashioned way, from blocks of wood with hand tools. I build both the Stradivari or “Strad” AND “Guarnari” design violins. The Strad is more intense and brilliant in sound and popular with soloists for its ability to project sound over and above accompanying musicians. The Guarnari has a darker yet powerful sound and is almost as popular with soloists as the Strad. I have recently completed a Viola based on an instrument made in 1735 by Georg Kloz, the progenitor of the Mittenwald (Germany) school of violin making.
MAKING A VIOLIN -- Making a violin from its basic components takes 200 to 300 hours or more, and it can take a month or so just getting the final varnish finish completed. The parts cost between $250 and $400 depending on the quality of the wood, fittings and strings. I use high quality professional level strings, usually Obligato or Dominants which can cost $60-75 per set. Then, I like to play my violins for a few weeks, sometimes months, before I’m satisfied with the sound-post placement and bridge adjustments. Being a member of the local orchestra, I get lots of opportunity to put in a few hours on each instrument, and ask other players their opinion on the sound.
WARRANTY -- 30 day “no questions asked” return policy with full refund (except shipping) as long as its returned in the same condition it was purchased. All my instruments come with a life-time warranty (my lifetime that is, so hurry up!). You can bring it back for any issues that may arise from the construction for free repair or adjustment. I’ll always give you credit for the purchase amount if you decide to trade up to another of my violins of greater value, presuming the condition is within normal range for age.
SERVICES -- Repairs, set-up, string changes, new bridges cut, fingerboards fitted, new pegs fitted, clean and inspect.
BUYING -- Trade-ins considered. I may purchase instruments and bows outright.
ABOUT ME – I began playing piano at
age 5, and switched to the violin at age 9, with Edward Silvers (a survivor of
Buchenwald) of the Santa Clara Symphony as my first teacher, and then was later
the student of retired professional Cellist, Walter Gras, of the Chicago
Symphony. In my early teens I was
nominated to play with the California Youth Symphony every year through High
School, and was voted “most talented” in my class. Although my playing was interrupted by a
27-year military career, my love of fine art and music continued, as landscape
painter and fine art importer throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. I’m a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel,
Member – VSA - Violin
Member – VMAAI - Violin Maker Association of
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