Below is a selection of comments received
from our many satisfied clients who have purchased instruments during the last
Please feel free to contact them for confirmation of our accurate descriptions, prompt shipment and good value.
The violin was exactly as described and sounded better than I expected for such an
inexpensive price. I am very satisfied and will most certainly do business with Brian again very
soon. Brian is great !!
J E Drupiewski <JED27CAV@aol.com>
Pueblo, Colorado, USA. 07 October 2002
The violin I purchased from Mr. Ward-Smith is in excellent condition and plays beautifully.
The photographs of the instruments tend to show every flaw, but the instruments themselves look
much better. I received the instrument in three business days. Overall, I am very pleased with the
purchase, considering it was over the internet and in different counry. I will not hesitate to make
any future violin purchases with Mr. Ward-Smith.
Michele J. Moore <email@example.com>
Tampa, Florida, United States of America. 10 September 2002
Purchased my very first violin through Brian and West Country Violin. I had LOTS of questions
and I was SO pleased with the patient and helpful direction I received. Just started lessons, and
my instructor and the local luthier are both very impressed with my instrument and it's price. A
delightful experience - I'll be back.
Denise Varga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Princeton, NJ, US. 01 August 2002
This is the second violin I have owned and I was initally hesitant to purchase a violin over
the internet until I found Brian's site. He has done a fantastic job. I could tell that he really
cares and enjoys what he does. The sound clips and pictures provide a great way to compare violins
and help you decide the right one for you. Brian was very quick and friendly answering any
questions and my violin arrived in three days after I purchased it. It was carefully packaged and
was exactly what I was looking for. I would recommend this site without hesitation to anyone of any
skill level. Thank you Brian! George
George Abrams <email@example.com>
Madison WI, USA. 22 June 2002
Dear Brian: Thank you for such prompt service and for making available a quality violin we
would have never found otherwise. The sound clips are excellent and well done and the photos are
accurate and show more flaws than we actually can see looking at the violin, the color
representation is accurate also. We appreciate your willingness to answer questions and payment was
easy and quick. Thank you very much for a great sounding violin, with minimal fuss. Good violins
can definitely be purchased over the internet, when the salesman is such an experienced restorer.
Harvey Fritz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Moses, U.S.A.. 19 June 2002
West Country Violins is a great solution to all those seeking quality violins at an
affordable price. Mr Brian Ward-Smith is friendly as is trustworthy and you can be assured that the
violins displayed online, are what you will be receiving, if not better than described. After
having made a recent purchase myself, I'm convinced that no other seller comes close to what Brian
has to offer online. It gives me great pleasure to recommend Brian to those who are in need of a
Singapore. 21 May 2002
I was very pleased with the violin purchased from West Country Violins as well as the quick
receipt of the instrument- 3 days! The purchase price was very reasonable and the set-up was quite
good! I highly reccomend this firm for quality, price and most of all integrity in representing the
instrument. Tony Ellis
Tony Ellis <email@example.com>
Circleville,Ohio 43113, USA. 15 May 2002
Brian, thanks for a very nice-sounding old fiddle at a most reasonable price. I had been
looking for something inexpensive to take to sessions, playing out and the like, but was quite
unwilling to compromise on tone quality. Your sound clips and descriptions were very helpful in
evaluating the sound of this fiddle. Indeed it sounds fuller, smoother and more mellow than I had
expected. The fiddle was nicely set up and ready to play, very much as described, together with a
serviceable bow and case, and was delivered in 3 days. I couldn't have asked for better value and
service. If I get over to the UK one of these years, I will make it a point to come visit your
shop! Best regards.
Faton Bacaj <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Washington, USA. 14 May 2002
I am very pleased with my wonderful German violin from West Country Violins. I had examined
the pictures carefully and listened to many sound clips, which I find are a must for instrument
sales over the Internet. The violin was exactly what I was looking for: powerful and bright tone,
perfect for orchestral play. Brian is very helpful, patient and curteous. The violin was packed
with extreme care and arrived in fine condition. Site merveilleux! Merci beaucoup Brian for
providing me with such a fine instrument!
M. Deziel <email@example.com>
Hull, Canada. 27 April 2002
Dear Brian, The Bernadel - Stainer violin arrived on 18-April-02 in safe and perfect
condition. I changed the chinrest and found that there are 2 small old cut scars caused by metal
screw bars of the chinrest but overall condition of the instrument and the tonal quality satisfy me
a lot for the price I paid for. I hope a friend of mine who is a well known violinist may also like
its quality vs price and consider to give you an order for himself. If so, he would probably ask me
to contact you again because he does not know how to use computer. FYI, there is no way to avoid an
import duty here because the Customs will charge on any item (even gift - both old and new) that
costs over GB 84.00 pounds. If it is declared as gift, the Customs will certainly estimate the cost
and charge an importer. In my case, they charged at a special rate since the instrument is
used/old. Therefore, I paid about GB 57.00 pounds (of which is about 8.2% of the cost) which is OK
to me. Again, thank you for your first class service. I am sure that when I want to step up the
instrument, the first person I will think of is you.
Ruthsdis Bhoemkumlangmuang <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bangkok, Thailand. 20 April 2002
A very interesting and well designed site. It is a boon to us who live off the beaten track.
Very good service and fair prices. You may buy with confidence here.
Ed. White <email@example.com>
Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland. 26 February 2002
All I've ever heard about buying violins is: never buy a violin without playing it first. So
everyone thought I was nuts buying from "some guy in England." They all had to swallow their words
when they saw and heard my beautiful 1890 French violin. Brian is wonderful to deal with, my violin
looks even better than the pictures (I think Brian works hard to show the flaws!), and the sound
and playability are just amazing. I'd recommend West Country Violins to anyone!
Julie A. Porter <JuliePorter@KingfisherRanch.com>
Littleton, CO, United States. 08 February 2002
I visited the UK in January and was able to visit Brian in person for a few hours to look at
violins. I bought a lovely French violin, which my teacher tells me is much better value than most
violins for sale in Australia. If or when I decide to upgrade, Brian will be my first port of call.
Special thanks to Brian for being kind enough to pick me up from the station and drop me off again
in time to catch my train back to Wales! I would heartily recommend Brian and West Country Violins
to anyone considering purchasing in person or over the internet.
Melbourne, Australia. 01 February 2002
I have purchased two instruments from Brian, most recently a J.B.Colin 1896 Beauty. It is
always a pleasure to work with Brian. He is honest, accomodating, and very personable. The Colin is
a pleasure to play.
Judith Caughey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Brooklyn, USA. 29 January 2002
My son Laurence is delighted with the violin we bought from Brian. His tutor also thought it
was a very good buy with a sweet tone and good balance. Everything Brian had said it was. Amazing
how much more volume, power, solidity and resonance there is compared to his old one. It seems to
hold on to the note far longer and is more stable on the higher notes (to a laymans ears!). The new
bow is also an excellent recommendation. I spent some time on the phone and e-amil with Brian who
was more than happy to change a few things for us (strings to the ones we had spares of already and
a tailpiece with 4 fine adjusters. I have been really pleased with his service and would happily
use him again later at the next upgrade. We did intend to travel to the nearest specialist a couple
of hours drive away to see what they have and compare, but Loz was so pleased with this one, we
didn't bother. Wholehearted recommendations.
Steve Garratt <email@example.com>
Rushden, England. 13 January 2002
The A. Borelli violin I purchased from West Country Violins is an excellent value - it has a
deep bass tone, and great brilliance that is tempered by a nice sweetness that comes with its age
(at least 90 years old). The sound of this violin rivals my much more expensive violin, and I
intend to play it in concert settings in alternation with my other violin. Thanks to Mr. Brian Ward
Smith for his excellent ear and ability to find these instruments!
Leland Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Honolulu, Hawaii. 14 December 2001
I began my search for a violin for a special project, (I do not even know how to play yet),
and logged onto West Country Violins. There were numerous sites for violins, but for some reason I
was drawn to this site. I can only say that Brian Ward-Smith has been an absolute pleasure to work
with from start to finish. Brian worked with me over a three to four week period and today,
November 26, 2001, I received my Circa 1900, Germany violin, and could not be happier. Everything
that everyone from other client feedbacks have said is MORE than true. True professionalism and
courteousness. Brian, I cannot say enough good about you and your service. Thank you from the
bottom of my heart. I would recommend you without reservation to anyone. God Bless!
Renee' Killian-Zeiger <email@example.com>
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.. 26 November 2001
Excellent customer service. the sound files were fantastic in helping me choose (excellent
differeitaing factor in your marketing over the internet...keep it up). violin was a great bargain!
I will buy again from Brian for sure!. thanks
john campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chicago, Illinois, USA. 25 November 2001
It was a pleasure to do business with Brian. He was helpful, honest, and responsive. The bow
he recommended for my son was excellent. It immediately made a big difference in his playing. I
would not hesitate to recommend Brian to anyone. You can trust him, even it is an international
transation -- I had a great experience. Jack Leu San Diego U.S.A.
Jack Leu <email@example.com>
San Diego, U.S.A.. 25 November 2001
Brian is a gentleman of old-time courtesy and probity with a shrewd eye for quality and ample
sympathy for the small man. His "business" ought properly to be regarded as a registered charity
for the benefit of the discerning violin lover of limited means. Once you have sampled his amazing
and ever varied treasure-house of instruments, you will soon lose interest in the big-time dealers
and auction houses and, as likely as not, still have money in hand for yet another tremendous
George Moles. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
London., England.. 25 October 2001
Web page is great because the photos and sound clip are as close as I can get to being there.
Service was excellent, and the instrument arrived very quickly.
Dave Nealon <email@example.com>
Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA. 25 October 2001
Hi everyone. I bought a violin from Brian recently. Why? Because there were three reasons.
One.The violins he has are not expensive. Two.Due to the ageing,they have a good sonority and
plenty of volume Three.I could trust Brian 'cause he answered to my question immidiately and my
violin was exactly what he said.
TAKAMASA MOMOTANI <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fukuoka , Japan. 12 October 2001
I am thrilled with the violin I ordered from West Country Violins. Brian has recorded
soundclips of many of the violins. I based my choice primarily on the tone. It so happened that
this was one of the least expensive! My violin came in just three days from England and it was just
as he described it. He said in the ad that he found it easy to play. I am amazed, because with this
Saxony violin I am playing passages from Bach concertos that I could not play before - using the
same bow! I have received prompt answers to all my questions. I am now ordering a bow from him, and
next year I plan to order another violin. He will allow trade-ins if you are trading up to a more
expensive instrument, but I don't think I will be able to give this one up. I'll just add to my
collection! Please feel free to E-mail me, Laura Rice
Laura Rice <email@example.com>
Bellaire, Texas, USA. 17 August 2001
Brian is wonderful to buy from. His knowledge and honesty shine through in his business. I
was a little hesitant about buying a violin over the internet but those fears were soon put to
rest. Brian answered all questions promptly and honestly. My daughter was very pleased with the
violin and bow when it arrived. The violin was well packed and in great shape when we got it. I
will definitely recommend this site to other violinists. Thank-you Brian.
Donna Sallee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fort Worth, Texas, USA. 21 July 2001
I have found West Country Violins to be an absolute pleasure to do business with. Brian
offers a selection of beautiful and fine instruments at great prices. The service is impeccable.
The delivery is extremely rapid and convenient. As a professional violinist, I recommend WCV to
anyone on the market for a good instrument. Dimitri Hadjipetkov Professor of Violin, New York
Dimitri Hadjipetkov <email@example.com>
New York, USA. 28 June 2001
As a professional violinist, my time is limited. West Country Violins site is accurate, has
lovely photos of the instruments from all angles desired, and the pricing reflects an honesty sadly
lacking in much of the rest of the industry. Purchase is through a highly secure access, and I can
only say it has been a pleasure doing business with them.
Chicago, Illinois, USA 60126. 26 June 2001
I bought two violins from Mr. Brian for my sons several months ago. My sons were very happy
to get them. One month ago, one Reverend also hoped to buy a 3/4 size of violin for his son and I
needed one more bow. So I informed Mr. Brian the price I hoped, he accepted that and he tried to
find out them with the prices. Last week, he sent the violin and bow to us after traveling some
areas in UK to find out the violin. The Rev. and I were satisfied to receive them. I thank Mr.
Brian for his kindness and sincere.
BAEK, Hun <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Seoul, Republic of Korea. 14 May 2001
The violin and bows we purchased arrived yesterday at 16:30 hours, Thursday in the
afternoon. It was so unexpected because I know that you dispatched all for shipping on Tuesday
afternoon!! Extremely efficently, may I add, since I had just corresponded via e-mail with Brian
that very morning to confirm our choice of bows. We had calculated that it would likely arrive this
coming Monday or Tuesday. And here it is, from England to Hong Kong, in less than 48 hours!!! We
are thrilled because it was perfectly packed and my son is playing as I write. We are enjoying the
violin and the bows very much. It is a beautiful violin in great condition with a lovely sound. And
of course our bows are splendid. Thank you for taking the time to play our selected bows in order
to give us an honest and expert recommendation. My younger son is now very motivated in practising
so he too can move up to a better violin. We will most certainly return to you for any purchases.
Our 'doubting Thomas' violin teacher is coming next Tuesday to try our violin, but I have no doubt
that he will be most impressed with the quality of our choice!! I will keep you updated. Thank you,
Brian, for taking the time and making that special effort to ensure our total satisfaction. We were
fortunate to find a great violin at the the best price and this was backed by consultative
expertise(super service) from an honest, professional and expert violin dealer . You can be sure
that Brian Ward-Smith and 'westcountryviolins.com' will be receiving the best advertisement from
us: the word-of-mouth of happy clients!! We commend you, Brian, for superb efficiency,
professionalism, expertise and customer service!! Sincerely, G. L. Lam
G. Lea Lam <email@example.com>
Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 05 May 2001
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