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Possible blatant advertising ?

Just MHO...

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I would like to know which of the violins Fiddlerman sells is the best?  I am thinking about buying a second fiddle.  I love Berty, he has brought me along so far, but a second fiddle would be great.

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FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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@Schaick  I think that depends on your budget. How much can/are you willing to pay for a violin. That would determine which violin in your price range would be best. Though I don't think you could go wrong.

Also do you prefer more "darker/mellow or "bright/brilliant" violins. That tends to play into the type you prefer as well, even though each violin will sound different to each person 😀  I will say though contact fiddlershop and tell them what your looking for. They were amazing in helping me out each time i've bought a violin from them! And they seem to be spot on in picking the right ones i was looking for. 

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I am curious no matter the budget.  Not that I would by it, but I see there is a $25,000 Scott Cao - is the price the result of the way it sounds, the maker, the materials, etc.

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FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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I think that Scott Cao is a combo of all you mentioned.

Not counting that Scott Cao bench fiddle, my guess is any of the Holstein bench made fiddles are at the top (I'm curious how they compare to that one). I'd love one of those someday if my budget ever allows it 🙂 

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damfino said
I think that Scott Cao is a combo of all you mentioned.

Not counting that Scott Cao bench fiddle, my guess is any of the Holstein bench made fiddles are at the top (I'm curious how they compare to that one). I'd love one of those someday if my budget ever allows it 🙂   

Have you noticed the wish list on the fiddlerman violin shop?  I have the following on my list so far.  

Scott Cao 1500 Violin STV-1500 In Stock
$3,600.00
 
Holstein Panette 1737 Violin Holstein Panette 1737 Violin HGPV In Stock
$4,500.00
 
Holstein Workshop Lord Wilton Holstein Workshop Lord Wilton HLWV In Stock
$3,100.00
 
Hiroshi Kono Violin Hiroshi Kono Violin HKV In Stock
$2,500.00

I am going to go through all of the violins reading reviews, listening to videos, etc.

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FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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I don't think I've noticed that. I think I need to add some things there to make shopping easier 😀 

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I totally agree on "budget"
I will do my best to help you get the best from your budget. Obviously, we are able to invest more money to get better instruments, the higher the price.

I think, overall, if the Ming Jiang Zhu is within your budget, you not only get a dependable instrument but an extremely well built instrument as well.
We offer the best price of any non Chinese retailer on the MJZ violins since we get them directly from the maker, plus we spend a lot of personal time improving the sound.

Holstein Violins are great in that we have our own workshops in China only making instruments for us and regular contact with them about issues. We guide them in so many respects.
All our own instruments are structurally guaranteed for life, free life time adjustments and we give you a 30 money back warranty as well.

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Hahahahahahaha - I LOVE this - the original post on this thread was spam (well, with links to marketing of violins, lessons, and so on - so I removed the links.... (haha) - 

Anyway it is GREAT to seethe original post "hijacked" ( in a NICE way of course ) to benefitboth FiddlerShop and the FiddlerMan community !  

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EDIT : Yes - as a very recent owner of an MJZ 905 - it is a great instrument, well set-up by FiddlerShop, very responsive, great body resonance, all the way up the neck.... I love it already... and I know it is going to "open-up" the more it is played...    Right now, I couldn't ask for more... maybe I will in 5 or 10 years time if I ever reach the stage of "wanting more from the instrument"....

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hehe @BillyG I am the master!!

@fiddlerguy I have noticed in your catalog the type and aging of the wood is not listed on the Ming Jiang Zhu 909

There is a mention for the Ming Jiang Zhu 925 - You have the finest spruce from Italy and Maple from Bosnia. These woods are so hard to come by, only about one a month is made. The cost of the wood is about 10x the cost of the wood they use for the Ming Jiang Zhu 909.

How important do you feel the type of wood and aging is?  

I notice that I like the sound of the Lord Wilson.   I heard it compared in one of your videos and from your catalog read -

Holstein violins - replica of the original Guarneri Del Gesu and Panette 1737 - Aged Chinese Spruce and Select Chinese Maple sourced from high altitude forests, dried +20 years
Holstein - Guarneri Lord Wilton - Aged European Spruce and 2-piece Maple, dried for over 15 years

I have read a teeny bit about the make/style of fiddles old-time and bluegrass fiddlers use - at least a couple use German Guarneri 

I always thought that a bluegrass fiddle should be bright and twangy?  LOL sort of like the singers.  BUT I love the deep, richer, mellow tones.

Call me old fashioned but I also like the ebony fittings over the cherry!

  

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FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Schaick said

I always thought that a bluegrass fiddle should be bright and twangy?  LOL sort of like the singers.  BUT I love the deep, richer, mellow tones.

Oh, I love the dark rich tones 😀 

I love fiddle shopping, and reading about other people fiddle shopping (living vicariously! lol). I think I want my next fiddle to be something old. Not super expensive, but old, pretty (love the dark colors some of those old fiddles have... even though sound is most important, I would love one that looks like that, lol) ..... I'm torn between getting a nice bow, or another fiddle.... 

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BillyG said
Hahahahahahaha - I LOVE this - the original post on this thread was spam (well, with links to marketing of violins, lessons, and so on - so I removed the links.... (haha) - 

Anyway it is GREAT to seethe original post "hijacked" ( in a NICE way of course ) to benefitboth FiddlerShop and the FiddlerMan community !  

You're right.  Nobody ever answered the original guy's post.  I've heard that the two best brands are Guarneri and Stradivarius.  Personally, I'm partial the the Guarneri brand, but I think both companies are out of business now. 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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LOL 🙂 @Uzi

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damfino said

Oh, I love the dark rich tones 😀 

I love fiddle shopping, and reading about other people fiddle shopping (living vicariously! lol). I think I want my next fiddle to be something old. Not super expensive, but old, pretty (love the dark colors some of those old fiddles have... even though sound is most important, I would love one that looks like that, lol) ..... I'm torn between getting a nice bow, or another fiddle....   

I have the old fiddle cost - free from my friend!!! Fiddle shop said it is worth $600.  I for sure need a new bow - mine is 4 years old. 

Which bow are you looking at?

Torn is my middle name lol literally now with the torn meniscus - BUT anyway it takes me a long time to decide things - 5 years to quit my job, 8 months going carless to choose a new vehicle, etc.

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I have an older fiddle, 1930s-ish German fiddle I got for a couple hundred to use as an outdoor fiddle. It's good for what I use it for, but I'd like something a little better quality. 

I'm undecided in my bow shopping. I have to figure out my budget for it. I got a bonus at work so I can pay down the washing machine I just had to buy so that helps, haha. I might still end up pushing that off farther down the road.

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BillyG said
Possible blatant advertising ?

Just MHO...  

Definitely but it turned into a good discussion. 🙂

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They posted another thread like this earlier today. I guess they didn't like that we turned their spam thread into a good discussion, haha 

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