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GCV Kreisler vs Ming 905
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damfino
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I should have learned from my previous hobbies that I always upgrade fairly quickly, whether my ability to use the items yet warrants it or not. The violin is no different.

So I want to get a different violin to create a little collection of what I am telling myself will only be 2 violins, so my next pick will be my last. 

I think I have it down to these 2 choices based on the videos Fiddlerman has made, and reviews, and my budget.

the Kreisler is in a slightly more comfortable price range than the 905, but since this would be my final violin, I'd allow it if it truly is worth it in quality over the other.

So... advice, please. Any who have played both or one want to give their thoughts?

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August 29, 2015 - 4:31 pm
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If you want more detailed help you can give us a call at Fiddlershop.
One thing that many don't think about is that a violin is a commodity. Each one sounds different. It's not like buying a car. We give you a 100% satisfaction guarantee and we want you to be satisfied. It's not something that we advertise but many buyers ask me to play two instruments side by side. So if you were interested in either a MJZ905 or a Kreisler, I could for example play both on a quick video for you. The way I do it, it only takes a few minutes. 🙂

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That could be helpful, if it's not too much trouble. I'd call, but I'm not really sure that I have specific questions, lol. But, I really am torn between these two. I keep listening to the videos, and I like what I hear out of both of them.

I'm trying really hard to make the right decision, since like I said I plan on making sure this is my final violin that I want to grow to be worthy of, lol. It will taunt me like the Frenchmen in Monty Python until I am 😉  

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August 29, 2015 - 10:50 pm
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I'm glad you want to make the right decision. Absolutely not too much trouble, it's what we do. When you call, ask to speak to me.

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Thanks, I think I might have some time tomorrow to call. 

If my ears aren't lying to me, the GCV Kreisler seems to usually have a brighter/cheerier tone to it, and the 905 seems a little richer/darker? I'm not sure of the proper way to describe tones, but that's the best way for me to at least describe what I think I'm hearing from them. 

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Fiddlerman
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September 1, 2015 - 9:25 am
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It makes sense to me. The MJZ violins tend to have a darker tone.

For those that don't know the difference between dark and bright, imagine listening to the same violin solo on your home stereo system and adjusting the tone control.
Flat should be close to what the recording was intended to sound. (depends very much on your equipment of course)
Raising the treble and lowering the bass would give you a brighter sound.
Raising the bass and lowering the treble would give you a darker sound.
In other words, more bass = darker and more treble = brighter.

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