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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.

Added: April 20, 2002




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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!

Added: February 8, 2002




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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.

Added: February 1, 2002, 2002




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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.

Added: January 29, 2002




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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.

Added: January 12, 2002




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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!

Added: December 14, 2001




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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!

Added: November 26, 2001




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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

Added: November 25, 2001




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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.

Added: November 25, 2001




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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 bargain.

Added: October 25, 2001
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