Frank's Fiddles, located in Meridian, Idaho is owned by Frank Daniels. Frank has completed 143 four-string violins/fiddles; 34 five-string fiddles; 7 left-handed fiddles; and 7 violas (15-1/2" - 16-5/8"). Frank's handcrafted instruments are recognized for their ease of playability, their beautifully figured wood and their excellent tone, evenness, and projection.
In addition to selling his handcrafted instruments, Frank does repair work and sells used instruments and violin accessories. If you would like more information about Frank's handcrafted instruments after exploring the web site, or if you are interested in visiting his shop, you are welcome to email him.
Award Winning Fiddles
In 1999 at the Violin Makers Association of Arizona, Intl. annual competition, Frank had the prestigious honor of his 34th instrument, a steel-string violin, being judged best in tone (by playing and listening judges) out of over 80 gut-string and steel-string violins.
Frank has won numerous tone awards for his instruments over the years - in 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2006 competitions Frank's 11th, 34th, 113th and 120th steel-string fiddles placed first in tone. In 1998 his 23rd violin placed 2nd in tone in the gut-string category. At the October 2009 competition his 174th violin placed 3rd in tone in the first round and in October 2010 Frank's 180th violin tied for 4th in tone in the first round and 5th in tone after the third round. In 1999 and 2000 his large violas placed first in tone and in 2005 his 7th viola placed 3rd in tone and in workmanship.
Rewards of the Business
Frank and his wife, Karen, feel very fortunate to be able to travel and share Frank's instruments with professional musicians as well as players at all levels. Frank feels blessed that his instruments are being played at venues throughout the United States and abroad.
Many of our customers, whether at home or on the road, have an inspiring story to share. Frank recently sold his #182 fiddle to a Grandfather for his Granddaughter Ludi. Ludi has played fiddle since age four and comes from a family of musicians. Even though she is a very busy teen who performs with the Junior Jammers of Idaho, plays sports, draws, and spends quality time with her family and friends, she has found time to share her music in an amazing way.
Ludi has recorded two CDs of her favorite fiddle tunes and has donated all of the proceeds to promoting Breast Cancer Awareness. To date, she has donated over $3,000 to this cause. What an amazing young lady she is. Frank and Karen hope to have some of Ludi's CDs with them as they travel around to festivals this year.