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    You have to buy your violin here
    Worry-free trial with a trusted expert
    My Favourite Shop Ever: Fiddleheads Offers Client Attention I Hadn't Known to this Day
    It’s as if Rhiannon has been doing this for 40 years
    Invaluable in helping me choose the right instrument
    You made me feel like a friend
    Like coming home after a lifetime of being away when I hold my violin in my arms!
    In a sea of options, I trust Rhiannon's expertise completely
    Professional, friendly and honest advice given from violinist, teacher and friend's point of view
    Check out Fiddleheads before all the other shops!
    Narrowing down options for customers
    Amazing passion for the violin and helping people
    Our teacher is recommending your shop to others following my endorsement of Fiddleheads
    Customers from all around the world love Rhiannon, we can see why
    Whatever we order will come right from your hand!
    Most patient and joyful seller
    Best experience buying based on reviews, how online shopping should be
    She's a woman who puts her heart and soul into everything
    My son is so lucky to study with Rhiannon
    Incredible gift of finding just the right instruments for my students
    Packaging and cross-border shipping speed were impressive
    Rhiannon made this process a delight for me
    I was treated like a person and not an order number makes me a lifelong customer
    An entrepreneur who sets a high bar for excellence
    Rhiannon is a friend who's looking out for your interests
    Pinchas Zukerman praises violin society as "Important in nurturing the next generation"
    It's rare to get this much attention from online shopping
    A musician and entrepreneur who stands out above the rest
    Highly recommend Rhiannon if you would like to buy a violin online
    A must buy from Fiddleheads
    Fiddleheads is on the other side of the world yet helped far more than the local stores I visited
    Best packing protection I've ever seen
    Fiddleheads is a great example of what a personal business should be
    I feel obliged to share my enthusiasm for your endeavours
    Rhiannon is our sweet angel
    The only place that supplies Bon Musica replacement parts
    100% happy with my purchase
    Finally, pain-free playing
    Excellent product, excellent service
    Feels better than any bow I've tried
    Better than the Presto Impulse and CodaBow Diamond GX
    I am very impressed
    Step aside, Codabow
    Better than any Coda bows
    This bow makes a huge difference
    By far the best shopping experience with the most knowledgeable shop owner possible
    Our experience finding the right viola
    Oh, Wow! Stunningly gorgeous violin with magnificent tone
    All my violin-related needs are met even when I'm living in a place with limited selection of options
    Trusted service from 3,000 miles away!
    Rhiannon gave me the confidence to buy a violin online: Her top reputation is deserved
    Fiddleheads is the number one violin shop in Western Canada
    I trusted Rhiannon with this search for the best violin in my budget
    With Fiddleheads, you are not simply purchasing a violin from a dealer
    I would only buy a violin of this caliber from Rhiannon: It surpasses my greatest dreams
    As kick-ass as promised -- my teacher and her husband are amazed
    Teachers are amazed!
    Rhiannon’s service helped me to make a major purchase of a Topa violin online
    I'll never make the philharmonic but thanks to Rhiannon, I'm having a ball!
    The teacher said any of the three Bellissimas would be a good choice for our son
    Excellent Youth Orchestra instrument -- Another shop says it's worth twice as much as we paid for it!
    Rhiannon is knowledgeable, generous and honest
    Tons of practical from the perspective of teacher, mom and musician
    Rhiannon's a wealth of knowledge and took the time to understand my needs, budget & experience level
    Rhiannon's knowledge and expertise were invaluable to us
    Fiddleheads cares and is the best option for your investment
    I'm advancing thanks to this violin
    My search is over!
    My violinist daughter approves of my choice
    You won't be disappointed!
    This violin is actually is accelerating my learning
    Rhiannon took all the worry out of the purchase ... Violin was much better than expected
    The tone got better and richer over the past year
    Rhiannon alleviated ALL of the fears and apprehensions I have had in buying "site-unseen"
    A great resource for me and my students
    I'm another success story to add to your long list of testimonials
    Happy VN-100 player from the Cayman Islands
    Producing a good sound like this encourages the student to play more
    Beautiful violins and extraordinarily wonderful service :)
    The violin is a beauty! I was not disappointed by relying on Rhiannon. Give her a try!
    Great value for the money, pleasing sound
    Puts Jay Haide to shame
    I have never had this sense of confidence in any instrument purchase before
    I am blown away and 110% satisfied with everything
    VN-909 from Fiddleheads
    Beautiful projection, comfortable to play
    Never would've expected this sound quality improvement, it was so impressive to begin with
    I tried out countless violins in my search at other shops, then Rhianon made it simple and easy to decide
    Buy your violin here: Rhiannon's personal manner and service are untouchable
    The instrument is beautiful, the set-up is perfect, and the tone is amazing for a new instrument.
    I am thoroughly enjoying my 909 violin from Fiddleheads: This Violin is enriching my life
    I couldn't have found my dream violin without Rhiannon
    My teacher and I agree your violin was the best one of all we tried
    Looking for the perfect fiddle
    Famous teacher was surprised by the quality
    Best sounding violins I've ever had the pleasure to play
    I am beyond grateful for Rhiannon's patience, kindness and professionalism!
    Completely and totally overwhelmed: It sounds nothing short of magnificent
    I was incredibly nervous about buying such an expensive instrument online but Rhiannon made it the best experience
    The single best customer-experience I have ever had
    My symphony musician wife and our concertmaster agree this is the right violin
    I would have spent double for a violin like this at another shop
    An incredible journey with the best possible guide
    An excellent violin for a music lover and advancing student!
    Much better than any violin I’ve tried in Toronto

Amazing violins and service

[REVIEW: Google, 5 stars] They have an amazing range of violins, and Rhiannon goes out of her way to give advice and help you find what you're looking for.

Very prompt. Excellent communication. Eco-conscious store.

September 11, 2021

An excellent violin for a music lover and advancing student!

I just received this violin a few days ago, and I love it already! It was packaged securely and arrived in great condition.

I love my Zhu 909 violin! Of course it will require some break-in time, but it's perfect for my advancing practice and performance and keeps me playing.

Its sound and projection are great, and I feel I can connect with my instrument so well. When I play it it vibrates against my chest and it feels like singing!

I played a Sun 100 violin before, it is very nice too and we got it from Fiddleheads, but as I advanced I felt I needed a more responsive instrument.

This Zhu 909 has amazing projection and the sound is rich and full; I'm sure the sound will become even better as the instrument matures. The violin sings for me. It has an amazing voice.

When I turn music on, the body and the strings of the violin vibrate and it feels like it has a heart of its own. It allows for a wide range of emotion and expression -- perfect for and advancing violinist!

The projection is amazing, thank you so much for the wonderful instrument and the music it produces!

Rhiannon, thank you for the wonderful "customer service", I would call it the Friendliest Advice for the young musician! Rhiannon replied to all of my questions and kept me informed, and I appreciate it very much.

I really recommend this shop to anyone who loves music and cares for our planet -- Fiddleheads is also Eco Friendly. It's friendly to everyone :) Thank you a hundred times for your kindness and love of violin, music and people!

Hope this inspires someone! Thank you!


September 2, 2021

Much better than any violin I’ve tried in Toronto

One of the best places to buy a violin in Canada

The violins arrived perfectly, and they look even better in person than I expected. I have been playing the three violins for a few days now.

909: Easy to play. It does have a slight metallic / sonorous sound. I am guessing this is owing to the break-in period.

Moneff: Clear, and sweet tone. Wonderful violin.

Stankov: Clear, and vibrant, specially on the E-string. Excellent violin.

I find the Moneff and Stankov quite similar. They are both very clear, and deep. Much better than any violin I’ve tried in Toronto. I think I am going to focus on these two, and show them to my teacher this Monday before deciding. I noticed that the E string on Stankov projects more than the E string on Moneff.

[Update: 1 week later] Good news! I have decided to keep the Stankov. It’s such an amazing instrument.

[Official Product Review]

I tried over 20 violins in Toronto, and couldn't really find one that spoke to me.

Getting violins on trial from a website was a strange concept, but I gave it a shot. I tried three violins sent by Rhiannon, and they absolutely blew away what I had tried locally in Toronto until then.

I always like to know about the source of materials used in the things I purchase, and, at least in Toronto, it was common to come across violins that use unethically obtained animal parts like mother of pearl. It was a relief to learn that Rhiannon runs an eco-conscious store, and doesn't sell violins that use animal parts.

In the end I decided to go with a violin made by Ivan Stankov. It's a beautiful violin, with a very deep and rich sound.

Rhiannon has been very helpful with her advice, and keeping me on top of everything. I can highly recommend Fiddleheads, and the violins they sell.

I really hope you win the [environmental] award. About time they start giving awards to socially conscious businesses. I have had a great experience with Fiddleheads.

September 1, 2021

The sustainability label drew me to your store

That’s amazing… your [Green Leadership Award and Small Business of the Year] nominations.

I am vegan myself and it was the sustainability label that drew me to your store. Always a pleasure to meet other vegan and eco conscious business owners.

Best of luck with the awards!

July 29, 2021

Wonderful sounding violin!!!

I have been very happy with the gorgeous sound of my Dimitrov violin.

It has ample projection and feels easy to play, no wolf tones, very even, and has that indescribable sweet yet powerful presence in the sound.

No better violin, past or present, and I have played on some of the best.

July 21, 2021

What a site!

Your new site is beautiful and well laid out! Congrats on the launch of your new website! :)

June 8, 2021

Top Quality Rest

[REVIEW: Google, 5 stars] I bought my wife a new shoulder rest from Fiddleheads and it arrived quickly and was top quality.

June 8, 2021

I was blown away by the service here

[REVIEW: Google, 5 stars] Best customer service ever! I was blown away by Rhiannon's attentiveness and kindness, I will definitely be recommending Fiddleheads to anyone looking for a violin/violin gear.

March 16, 2021

Night and day from my violin I have had my whole professional career for the last 40-plus years

I played the violins for my friend's daughter and was amazed with the 907.

This violin gives such returns back to the player. It was night and day from my violin I have had my whole professional career for the last 40-plus years.

We did a blind comparison and didn't even know which model was which but we could tell the difference between them and the top one was obvious.

I'm sold. I want a 909 now.

[UPDATE: 4 weeks later] I absolutely love one of the [909 violins]. I'm getting one of them for sure.

[Upon hearing his mother paid for the violin as a surprise] My mom - bless her - incredible! She's clever, that one. I had no idea!

Amazing! Big thanks to you for making this all happen!

March 14, 2021

With this violin my daughter's playing has notably improved, and it takes far less cajoling to get her to practice.

Your violins arrived on our doorstep today! Thanks so much. They arrived in perfect condition.

Don MacDonald [a professional violinist and film composer] is going to swing by and help us tune them up, and give each one a wee test drive, before we do the "big reveal" with my daughter Caitlin this evening. She still has no clue that all this is happening. We'll keep you posted. So exciting.

[UPDATE: 6 hours later] Well, Rhiannon. Don came by to try all 3 violins (before my daughter), and thought there was no question: the Zhu 907. Hearing him play all three, I'd have to say I agree.

The richness of sound is remarkable, and stands out head and shoulders over the other two [905 and Rose Valley].

Certainly was more than I'd budgeted for, but it's hard to argue with the difference in quality and sound, when the instruments are played side by side.

Don, by the way, was so blown away that he is now on a mission to find a new violin. He thought the 907 he tried today was a finer instrument than the one he has been playing for the last four decades. Expect to hear from him soon...

Thanks so much, again, Rhiannon. It's been such a pleasure doing this with you. You've been so responsive, so thorough, and so patient.

We couldn't be happier with the violin, too! Hopefully we get to meet you in person sometime.

[Review: 2 weeks later] My daughter had outgrown her student violin, and was in need of a significant upgrade. A trusted friend (who happens to be a professional violinist and composer) recommended we check out Fiddleheads.

Although a bit nervous and skeptical about purchasing a violin online, my concerns were immediately allayed after my first conversation with Rhiannon.

It was clear that her priority was ensuring that my daughter got matched with the right instrument, and she went to great lengths to understand what "the right instrument" meant to us.

She was informative, patient, understanding, and extremely timely and responsive to our many questions, over the course of [a phone and some email] conversations.

She ultimately shipped us three different violins to trial, all of which met our criteria, and all well within the price range we'd discussed. (The shipping was surprisingly hassle-free and quick.)

We ultimately settled on a Zhu 907, having been blown away by the instrument's richness of tone, warmth, and playability.

Rhiannon's expert efforts in setting up the violin prior to them being shipped out were immediately obvious, as the violin came "out of the box" performance-ready.

Since acquiring the instrument, my daughter's playing has notably improved, and it takes far less cajoling to get her to practice.

We are so grateful for the incredible service Rhiannon provided us, and thank her deeply for the joy this new instrument is bringing all of us.

I recommend her services 100%.

March 13, 2021