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taylortea
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December 7, 2013 - 6:39 pm
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I just started playing the violin in July. I love it, BUT...I just don't have the "feeling" for my current instrument. Like, to the point it's affecting my practicing. I don't have the get-up-and-go like I have with my others (saxophone and guitar). Basically, this one just isn't "the one."

 

I've been perusing Fiddlershop for a while now, along with looking at all of the reviews and videos put up by Fiddlerman, and I think I've narrowed it down to three - maybe four. 

 

The Fiddlerman Concert, Fiddlerman Master, Kohr K500, or possibly the Kohr K550. I can't decide between them. I do want something that will open up and help me to do so as well so we can grow together. 

 

The maximum I could spend is about $600, and that's being generous. 

 

Any thoughts? Or maybe other suggestions?

 

I currently have an older violin that was made in Germany, and it's a very pleasant one. It just isn't for me. I've already gone to the local music shop (the place I bought my current violin) and tested everything they have and nothing made me do the happy dance. Though all they had in stock were Knillings with one pre-loved Gliga. 

 

Any information is appreciated. And thanks in advance for the help! This seems like a pretty great place!

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Difficult question. Suggesting about a violin choice for somebody who wants "the ONE that will please that person" is the same as sugges a perfume....

I can't tell about the other violins from your list, but i'm an owner of A.F.Kohr K550. Having a pleasure of playing it more than a year and had no troubles or disappointments about this violin. Made my final choice by listening to the sample video. All of the professional musicians (not many - about 5 or 6) that listened to my violin (or tried it themselves) are also pleased too.

Summary:

It has bright sound (but even those people who usually don't like such brightness find this one pleasant). Strong basses. Quite powerful instrument. Awesome setup and playability (means that You won't really have to adjust it to play comfortable).

As for price-quality: my teacher was surprised and said that the violin with such sound usually costs more.

I believe here are people who have other violins from your list...

Good luck!

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December 8, 2013 - 11:06 pm
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Mad_Wed -

 

Thanks so much for your response! Maybe not "the one" so how about "the one for right now"?  🙂

 

I'm really glad you love your violin! I kind of saw that one at the last minute and decided to add it to the list. 

 

I'm just not feeling anything when I play mine. I feel like music should strike emotion into the audience as well as (and especially) the musician. I'm finishing up Suzuki Book 1, but I also like to *try* to play some stuff by ear. I don't know what it is about this one, but I've tried a new bow, new rosin, new strings...Just about everything I can think of. To no avail. 

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You're welcome, Taylor!birthday_balloon

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Strings have a profound effect on sound. Have you tried new strings? or is it more a touchy feely issue?

 

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It's more of a feel issue. It seems heavier than I'd like for it to be. 

 

It also has a brighter sound than I'd like at this point. After playing for a few months, I've kind of figured out that it just doesn't fit me. And I've tried four different types of strings. The Pro Artes I have on it now tone it down, but it's still a little too much. I've even tried a few different bows with it. 

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