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Challenge to teachers

Elizabeth Ward

I guess it is time to revive this as recently I have had a couple of customers cancel at the last minute due to advice from teachers who have never even seen a Gliga.  This applies equally to the instruments I describe as European instruments. Violin / Viola / Cello teachers, this is for you If you are not tied in to a commission arrangement with a local shop (my margins are far too low to offer that) and if you are genuinely open minded about what your pupils buy but are simply concerned about the quality, then read on....

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Possibly better news about Gliga supply?

Elizabeth Ward

NO GUARANTEES BUT - my last two Gliga orders have come through quicker than expected.  Perhaps the situation is turning round?  I hope so!  Any updates will go here.  Gligas on current order should be here early next week.

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Bigger isn't always better.

Elizabeth Ward

Today I sold an £80 violin from the Bargain Basement - new but with a couple of small blemishes, hence the reduction (why people worry so much about blemishes when the instrument is for a child at school beats me!)Got it ready to send and found a twang on the E string.  Well no-one wants one of those so I needed to fix it.  But what caused it?  Nothing loose so nothing easy to fix.  Suspected a problem with the bridge.  Tried lubricating the bridge.  No change.  Tried lubricating it a bit more.  No change.  Changed the string.  No change. ...

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Why you need to order RIGHT NOW if you want a Gliga before the end of term.

Elizabeth Ward approval Gliga

This message doesn't seem to be getting through and I have no idea why.  My stocks even of full size Gligas are very limited.  My stocks of smaller sizes are even lower, typically only one each of 3/4 and 1/2 size violins and only Genial 1 to Gems 1 (many Gliga stockists in the UK don't seem to stock these sizes at all). There are two reasons for this which I have explained many times (see previous posts).  1. Demand for Gliga far outstrips supply so there is a lead time of about a month and orders are made on...

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Ebay scam

Elizabeth Ward Amazon bow Dorfler ebay

There is a relatively clever scam on ebay at the moment. A violin bow for £38.95 (bear in mind that this includes ebay and paypal fees and postage) that claims to be made in Germany and is described as a W. Doerfler pernambuco bow.   Here is why it is clever: there is indeed a very well known German bow making company called Dörfler. The umlaut in German represents an E and it is common for English transcriptions of words with an umlaut to use an E rather than hunting around for the German character on the keyboard. Commonly with...

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