Unfortunately there are not that many people making comparisons between these instruments. One would need a source to get a hold of them first. Not cheap
I really liked the feel sound and look of this violin and I believe it is at least as good but probably better than the K500. However, the K550 is another story. I didn't play them at the same time but I really love the K550. The 8033 has a darker sound just like you said though every instrument will differ slightly since they are hand made and each piece of wood is different as well.
When you say you like the K550 better, what makes you say that. Are you talking about sound, ease of play, looks, etc.. I am just trying to see how a violin is evaluated by a person like yourself? Is August F Kohr better known for making violins than Erwin Otto?
How is an instrument picked when the sound can vary, do you just order and see what you end up with? Or can you request what you favor (low or high).
Thanks for your thoughts...
I watched FMs video then shot in the dark but I was very pleased with what I got. I have a K550 and love it!
Before ordering see if they have a home trial program, if they do you'll probably have to pay shipping both ways, but you'll know what you are getting for sure.
Good Luck! on whatever you get.
I guess it is because I lean towards bright sweet sounds over dark mellow ones. Both violins are super responsive and were great fun to play. I was seriously satisfied with both of these violins. I would almost need to spend a few weeks on each violin to make a definite decision but it is basically the bright sound that got me on the K550.
Erwin Otto has many brands of violins and this is one of their least expensive ones. I don't know of anyone else who plays on one actually. They definitely seem to know what they are doing with their instruments.
To answer your last question, you just order a violin and see what you get. This is why the absolute best is to go into a music store with many instruments and try a bunch of violins. The problem is that they charge up to twice as much for the same exact instrument and must do so to survive and pay all the associated expenses.
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