Quiet Corner Fiddlers

REPAIRERS - List several years old.  Send me corrections.

Violin Rental List (also try all on repairer list)
These all should be around $30 to $40 total for 3 or 4 months
Song-A-Day - see Jim Hammett below
Local Music, Willimantic, 456-7664 
Tracy's Tunes, Colchester, 537-6616
Beller's Music - Manchester, 649-2036
Music & Arts Center - Vernon, 648-9178
Violin Repairer List
Donna Rosenkrans, Donna's Violin Repair, Columbia, 337-0037.  DELETE.  She moved far out of state.
Dennis McCarten --- 1005 Main St. Pawtucket RI 02860
David Cockerline, Lola Strings, 860-933-4464, 195 Mashentuck Rd, Killingly.  www.mullerhead.com/lolastrings , lolastrings@gmail.com
Clark Instruments, 153 Thames Street, New London CT 06320, Website:  www.Clarkinstruments.com, E-mail: Tom@clarkinstuments.com,            
Ph. 860 608-1780. Also has a list of teachers on website.
Louise Muller, Danielson area, 860-377-1658 http://mullerhead.com/ 
Bert Vaillancourt, 162 N Brook St, Hampton 455-9197
Jim Hammett, Song-A-Day Music Center, 903 Main St., Covenry CT 06238, 742-6878.
Randell Reid, 125 Warrenton Ave, Hartford, 233-9865.
Ester Tolo, The Fiddle Shop, West Hartford, 236-1101.
Upton Bass (www.uptonbass.com), 536-7555, 44 Taugwonk Spur - Unit 4, Stoningington CT (near Seaport Museum).
te Brinkmann http://www.luthier-ct.com/ Workshop: 84 South Orchard Street, Wallingford, CT Tel 203- 265 7456
Steve Beekman in Wakefield,RI- tel.#401 284 0265.
Michael Lyons Violins, http://lyonsviolin.com/
24 Hartford Pike (Rt 101), Foster, RI 02825
(401) 647-4747 (401) 644-0558
Carroll Stringed Instrument,
  • (860) 368-2428
  • 122 Naubuc Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033
    Shar Music  - See  http://www.sharmusic.com/    They have been recommended to me for on-line sales.

    Fiddle/violin teachers - List Several Years Old - Send me corrections

    This listing was compiled several years ago in response to occasional requests.

    1. UCONN Community School of the Arts, Storrs - For info on their programs go to  - http://www.csa.uconn.edu/ or send an e-mail to  csa@uconn.edu

    2. Song-A-Day Music, Coventry - http://www.songadaymusic.com/ .

    3. Tracy's Tunes, Colchester - http://www.tracystunes.com/index2.ivnu
    4. Local Music, 738 Main St., Willimantic, 860 456-7664
    5. Tim St. Jean, Putnam - 860 928-3075  http://www.timnvicki.com/
    6. Louise Muller, Danielson area, 860-377-1658 , http://mullerhead.com/
    8. Catherine Wade, Hampton, 455-9021
    9. Mary Ellen Briga, Marlborough CT, 860 295-0167
    10. Michelle Kaminsky, Providence RI, 401 246-2720
    11. Don Lurgio, Foster RI, 401 647-7933, 401 864-7768 (cell ); e-mail dlurg@verizon.net
    12. Chuck Morgan, Willimantic CT, Studio 88, 860 377-3285
    My advice, with which some will disagree, is as follows:
    1. For a beginner, getting the basics of technique right are very very important, and private lessons from a good classically trained violinist can be invaluable. Some more or less self taught fiddlers can be good teachers IF they are well grounded in good technique, and are able to analyze and communicate good technique, and can analyze correctly what you are doing wrong. In other words, learn to play the violin correctly first, then go to a fiddler to get the style you want....it's very difficult to overcome bad habits initially learned.
    2. Don't sign up for months and months of lessons at one time. Try out an instructor with something like a month's worth of weekly lessons. Don't hesitate to try other instructors, and then go longer with the one you feel right with, and who fits your needs, and for the length of time you feel taking lessons is worth your time and money. The instructor should understand what you want to get out of taking lessons.
    3. The above advice is more or less for beginners. For fiddlers who want to progress beyond, it becomes more or less searching out someone whose fiddling you admire, and getting them to give you some lessons. Often this is complicated by the fact that they may have little or no interest in giving lessons. Some possible local leads, who are more or less performing fiddlers, (I don't know if they all are willing to give lessons) are Nanette Addesso, Peggy Harvey, and Max Rainwater,