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Dragon DR10 - New Fiddlershop Instrument
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LyleA
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Hey everybody.  Just wanted to give my thoughts on a new violin that Fiddlershop is offering.  I don't know much about it except what is written in the description, but I was able recently to see one up close, handle it, and even play a few songs.

My first impression is that it is well built.  There were none of the tell-tale signs of rushed construction like asymmetry, poor carving, or sloppy varnishing.  And speaking of the varnish and finish, it has a very distinct look.  The dark coloring plus the boxwood fittings really made it stand out to me.  

The one I was able to look at hadn't been thoroughly adjusted like a violin should be, but even so I thought it had a nice warm sound that was even across all the strings.  It doesn't project as much as some instruments that I have played, but I didn't feel like it was lacking any power either.

In short, it seems to be to be a good, solid violin that plays well and looks like it will last a long time if taken care of properly. 

http://fiddlershop.com/dragon-.....iolin.html

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thank you for your review on the instrument. even though I have an amazing violin, that violin is really striking just by the looks alone and I do love a darker sounding violin! hummmm might have to get me a "spare" violin. lol.  Hopefully FM will do a review!

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Fiddlerman
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April 1, 2015 - 12:28 pm
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Thanks Lyle. And yes, it had not been adjusted by us at all. We can usually make a markable difference after playing around with them for a while. :)

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Yes... a review would be lovely.

That violin is very nice looking.. Thanks for sharing Lyle.   :)

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Lovely looking violin, i would love to hear someone play one.

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Fiddlerman
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Well I haven't made a review but some of you know that a lot of the violins that we sell and all the Fiddlerman violins get played and approved by me and posted on our Fiddlershop youtube page. Here is the DR10 that we sold last week which I loved:

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love the performance, awesome!

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Playing my kinda music sir.

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Ken.

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Great video!! That violin has a nice sound to it.  

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Fiddlerman
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April 9, 2015 - 11:03 am
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Thanks everyone,

I'm glad you like the genre Ken.

Someone on this forum posted a link to a fake book which I have been reading off of for my 30 or so latest demos. I just scroll from one to another. The great thing is that I don't need to give thought about what to play, just read one after the other. I'm blessed with great reading skills. :) Usually play through once or twice and am done with it.

557 Jazz Standards

These demos are unlisted but not private and intended only for the purchaser of the instrument this way I don't feel pressure to perfect the performance (which I don't ever do anyway). To do so, I would actually need to PRACTICE!!! LOL

If anyone wants a demo of any of the pieces in this Jazz Standards book just let me know and I'll make it one of my sold violin demo's. :)

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@Fiddlerman 

Indeed that is a pretty sounding violin. But then FM can play the phone book on a set of spoons.  I truly believe this.

I enjoy subscribing to the Fiddleshop youtube channel.  I can see all the instruments and hear one of my favorite violinist.   :)  Win-wincheersexactly

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Thanks for that link, Pierre, I bookmarked it and looked over the tunes,,, there are about 50 or 60 songs in the list I play.

Some songs I play I don't even remember the names, now I look at the list and can see the songs I don't know the titles for.

Thanks for that.

Oh, btw, I was looking at the Duke Ellington list and I remember reading years ago that Duke Ellington could start playing continuously from 9:00 pm, until 2:00 am, never play a song twice and never play a song written by someone else.

I like the whole list and sheets.

Your demo, "Birth of The Blues", I play a little more in swing time, but then again, I play a lot in swing time.   

 

Ken.

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Ken, when you say swing time, are you referring to tempo?
The truth is that more than half of those tunes I have never ever heard and I have NO idea of the tempo. I guess I would be wise to listen to some old recordings first. In a way, it's fun to just play my own version not really knowing the style. :)

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That's a gold mine of great tunes.  Thanks Pierre.

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Fiddlerman said
Ken, when you say swing time, are you referring to tempo?
The truth is that more than half of those tunes I have never ever heard and I have NO idea of the tempo. I guess I would be wise to listen to some old recordings first.

Yes, Tempo. LOL.....  You youngster's, {sigh}}},,,,,, What's an old man to do with you guys.

roflroflroflI love the link. Thanks for that, Pierre.

 

Ken.

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Here are a couple examples of "Swing / Gypsy Jazz. If I recall, you played this first one for a violin demo for your customer.

"All of Me"

The second is minor swing

Work on that style, I think you'll enjoy playing it. Breaks up the stuffy ole classical.

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Ken.

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