So, I paid $45 US to have the violin shipped to Canada. Fiddleshop assured me that because it is considered educational, there would be no duty. There was no duty. There WERE $90 US in "handling fees" (thought I already paid that?) and taxes. Basically, I could have saved myself over $100US if I had just paid to take it as carryon.
“Buy your violin here!”
I had read a lot of reviews online and while.on vacation I planned to stop at the Fiddlershop that just opened in Pompano Beach. My husband and I were received like family. They played each violin for me in the series that I was interested in (Fiddlerman Artist) and left me to try them on my own. I received a discount for a varnish marking (almost invisible to the naked eye) and I got the violin 4 days later back in Canada in top condition. They gave us a tour of the workshop, free tshirts and coffee (that they roast and brew on-site from the beans... who knew!?!). I would not suggest going anywhere else. The quality of the product and customer service cannot be beat!