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February 20, 2013
What a pleasant surprise it was visiting Mark Nightingale's Shop. Mark is very informative and down to earth as well as patient with our looking and questions. We decided to take the drive from Ballston to Johnstown as there are very few stores around that sell violins and similar instruments. Most places rent and their instruments are over priced if you want to purchase one. After a few moments in Mark's store, we came to the realization that it is really much more economical and satisfying to purchase an instrument rather than rent one. So that's exactly what we did. The violin was set up very well and the package is complete with a case and bow. If we want to upgrade the instrument in the future, Mark offers a very generous deal. We are very satisfied with today's experience. Our granddaughter didn't put the violin down for over 2 hours after we arrived home with the instrument. Do yourself a favor if you are in the market for a violin, viola or if your stringed instrument is in need of repairs, go see Mark Nightingale, or even just purchase one online and save yourself the trip, you'll be glad you did. Bill Rhude
February 20, 2013
I just went to the nightingale's violin shop it was great really low prices and really great violins so this is why I strongly recommend going there for a violin just remember to make an appointment. Oh I 'm 9 yrs old.
February 18, 2013
What a find! A hop, skip and jump off of I-90. Mark is honest and has a reasonably priced inventory to pick from. He has an attractive trade in program. We have saved quite a bit of money each month after following his good advice. We intend to continue to do business with him.
July 15, 2012
If you are looking for a place where you can speak with a person who makes, repairs and sells string instruments, will listen to your needs and questions and will not try to over-sell you, you just found it!

April 3, 2012

Mark did very nice work on my son's cello, and understands the need to find good quality instruments at a reasonable price. We're very happy we found Nightingales!

March 12, 2012

Very nice violin and excellent workmanship. It was a pleasure to do business with a craftsman. I highly recommend Mark.

March 5, 2012

Excellent craftsmanship and excellent sound.

Decmber 30, 2011

I purchased a used 13-in viola for my daughter who is taking group lessons at her elementary school. Good price ($110) for viola good enough for beginning practice, which makes it meaningless to rent one for a high monthly cost. The store owner is a nice person to work with.


43 Chestnut St
Johnstown, NY 12095