The Old Fashioned


This outfit comes with The Old Fashioned fiddle, the Eastman 1304 dart-shaped case and a BL60 Pernambuco bow.

The Old Fashioned is named for both its dark wood tone – and for the color of a favorite cocktail (which some folks might enjoy with a fiddle tune). The rich color of the instrument gives it a strong visual presence and matches its rich, warm sound. I fell in love with it at first sight — and even more so as I played fiddle tunes on it.

With a select spruce top and highly flamed maple back, ribs, and scroll, the vibrant tonewoods give the fiddle a deep, resonant tone. Its robust sound seems so seasoned that you won’t believe you’re playing a brand new instrument. This is that rare new fiddle that sounds old right out of the box. The fiddle has a fun personality too: it likes fiddle tunes, jazz standards, western swing, country…everything that I like!

The Case: Eastman 1304

This dart-shaped case is lightweight, protective, and has a plush, blue interior. Cordura nylon withstands tears, scuffs, and abrasions. Quality hardware and a 3-layer wooden shell ensures years of protection for your fiddle. The case includes a music pocket, two backpack straps, an accessory compartment, two bow spinners, and a shoulder rest compartment.

The Bow: Andreas Eastman BL60

This bow features a Pernambuco stick, fully mounted ebony frog with colorful mother-of-pearl slides and Parisian eyes, leather grips with silver or imitation whalebone winding, and unbleached Mongolian horsehair, all made entirely by hand.



The Fiddle Parlor Violin line is a brand new addition to Fiddle School. We wanted to provide rich-toned instruments that are reliable and affordable for everyone, from newcomers to intermediate players to advancing fiddlers. Not only that, we wanted to bring to you a fiddle that is set up with all of the features that we recommend in our program. No need to spend time thinking about set up issues or whether a new prospect will be something you can count on. We’ve got you covered with our line.

These instruments are handmade products of Eastman Strings curated with my guidance and selected by me to suit the needs of fiddle players. We’ve worked together to bring you an instrument ideal for fiddlers. With low action, a bridge shaped exactly like mine, Prim strings (my favorites), and set up adjustments like fine tuners (every fiddler’s best friend) plus my favorite chin rest – and bows and cases to match each fiddle.

From our entry level songbird, The Lark ($600), to our premium fiddle, The Lockwood ($2,500), we’ve got four levels of fiddles to suit your needs, with our lively Morningstar ($700) and the warm Old Fashioned ($1,650) filling out the ranks. Also, before you buy the instrument, you should know that either Celeste or I (two national champion fiddlers) have played your instrument to open it up and make sure everything sounds great. So, when you get that fiddle in your hands, you’ll know that it’ll be as ready to go as you are. All of our Fiddle Parlor Fiddles have that seasoned look and sound to help you enter any jam session or performance with confidence.

Outfits come complete with bow, case and fiddle. Again, I selected and set up these instruments to make sure you have a great new addition to your fiddle family!

Additional information

Weight 13.7 lbs
Dimensions 33 × 13 × 7 in


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