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Fiddlerman Artist Violin
What $499 buys you at Fiddlershop (in addition to the case, bow & accessories, of course)
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Hi everyone... I noticed there's not much information out there about the Artist violin so I figured I would post some pics of the one I just bought & give my thoughts for anyone who wants a little more information on this violin. Mine seems to be the latest version of the Artist violin, so I can't comment on older versions which might have been made at a different shop. 

 

So without further ado, here's the pics! At the end I will post my thoughts & welcome other people's feedback. 20160422_170723.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_170456.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_170303.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_170331.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_170811.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_170611.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_170915.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_192844.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_171033.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_163852_001.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_164058.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_164058-1.jpgImage Enlarger20160422_172220.jpgImage Enlarger

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Anyway, I'm not usually one for posting reviews, but I just wanted to show off what a beautiful violin this is. I also noticed that the stain on the Fiddlerman shoulder rest  matches the color of the stain on the violin. I'm not sure if this is intentional, but it's a nice touch...20160422_195626.jpgImage Enlarger

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The finish and flaming of the wood is beautiful, and the violin itself is nice and light. The tuners work well, tune fairly easily and stay where they're put. This is the 3rd Fiddlerman instrument that I've bought and I've never been disappointed with any of their products.

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How very very very exciting that you shared that beautiful violin.

Enjoy and good luck.  Thanks again.

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Thanks for the reply... I've also got a really nice Artist viola that I might post pics of at some point. 

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Thanks so much for the review sporkytherobot.
People like you make it worth the effort and work that we encounter on a daily basis to satisfy as many players as possible.
I'm glad you like it. 🙂

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That looks like a very nice instrument, and at around $500 I could possibly swing it in a few months. I haven't noticed this one before. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Can you comment on how you liked the sound of this violin?

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Being a noob, I don't have a discrening ear yet, plus I don't have anything else to really compare it to, but I think it sounds great. I gave my Apprentice violin to my mother in law, so I can't even compare it to that (the Apprentice sounded good to me). It took me awhile to get used the Fiddlerman synthetic strings after playing my Apprentice with the steel Prelude strings. But eventually I figured out that the strings sound great and it was my playing that was defective... facepalm

I will try to post a sound sample tomorrow sometime this weekend.

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looks very very nice! Congrats on the new violin and enjoy it. I am sure it will sound as nice as it looks. Beauty flame, and I really like the pegs and tail, all for 500 ish$! Cant wait to hear it.

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Ouch, that's painful. Try to imagine what it would sound like played by someone who knows what they're doing.

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WOW!
You got an Artist viola and violin. Thanks for the business.
There is definitely a difference between steel core strings and synthetic core. I look forward to many more posts with you and possibly your progress report as well. 🙂

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Fiddlerman said
WOW!
You got an Artist viola and violin. Thanks for the business.
There is definitely a difference between steel core strings and synthetic core. I look forward to many more posts with you and possibly your progress report as well. 🙂

Long story short, my wife gave me a budget and I couldn't decide between a really nice violin and a really nice viola... So I split the money and bought one of each. cheers

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Cheers 🙂

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 Wow. Its really nice to see another Artist violin buyer. I purchased mine on April 13th and have been having a blast learning the violin. I'm actually kind of jealous because mine doesn't have as nice of a finish as yours and the flame has a really nice contrast. I'll post some playing tomorrow as everyone is currently asleep and I don't have a mute. I'll post some photos in a minute 😀

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Here are some quick photos from my Samsung S7 under an LED light:20160509_224319.jpgImage Enlarger20160509_224341.jpgImage Enlarger20160509_224411.jpgImage Enlarger20160509_224452.jpgImage Enlarger20160509_224513.jpgImage Enlarger20160509_224536.jpgImage Enlarger20160509_224255.jpgImage Enlarger20160509_224237.jpgImage Enlarger

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They look pretty similar to me. I think some of the differences you're seeing are due to lighting & type of camera used. I was in a room lit by windows on both sides & took the pics on my cell phone w/ HDR enabled. Actually, the flaming on your violin looks great to me... It has a nice tight pattern like my Artist viola. 

I can't wait to hear a sound sample!

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sporkytherobot said
They look pretty similar to me. I think some of the differences you're seeing are due to lighting & type of camera used. I was in a room lit by windows on both sides & took the pics on my cell phone w/ HDR enabled. Actually, the flaming on your violin looks great to me... It has a nice tight pattern like my Artist viola. 

I can't wait to hear a sound sample!

Most likely. I have never taken my violin outside to play. I would like to buff it up to a sheen, since I can see microscratches which were there when I first received it. I hate recording my playing since I sound absolutely horrible. But at the very least, I'll try to get one up tomorrow or soon. Finals is this week and I'm dying lol.

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Here's a quick record. I just quickly read off some music while I had a little time.

Violin still feels pretty weird to me.

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I definitely got a weird one, or possibly one of a new batch with different varnish. The color reminds me of iced tea. The spruce tops are also mismatched, with one side real, real tight (looks like fabric, which is helped by a wavy grain pattern), which I love and don't think has much of an effect on sound (some Gesus had mismatched tops). The left piece also has a little knot in the top left like a scar on its eyebrow. Very distinctive and I dig the whole look.

The lump on the chin rest is the Impressionist comforter, which if you have more of an Expressionist chin shape like mine, I highly recommend.20160610_073111_001.jpgImage Enlarger20160610_073122.jpgImage Enlarger20160610_073220.jpgImage Enlarger20160610_073401.jpgImage Enlarger20160610_073708.jpgImage Enlarger

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Wow, that is a really nice looking violin. But it looks completely different from mine.

Mine also has a knot, but it's on the back, near the bottom of the violin as you can see in the pic. It looks like a crack but is actually a small knot.

I am curious as to why the 2 violins look so different. Yours more closely resembles what's on the Fiddlershop website. But both violin styles appear in the demo vids on YouTube.

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