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I ordered a Ming Jiang Zhu 909 last night .. the wait begins
I'm so hype right now ...
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I keep thinking about the first piece I should play .. Meditation Thais? Beethoven's Romance in F? Something original?

No .. I got it .. "I will always love you" .. I actually played this at a friend's (who has since passed) wedding.

Fiddlerman - if you read this, if you could play Bach's Air for my YT video that'd be schweet :)

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Sounds like you have made an excellent choice.  I can't wait to hear it. 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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ohhh nice! I am slightly jealous i must say as those violins are beautiful. I bought a GCV bourree and I love it very much. I look forward to hearing about your 909! :D  

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rockinglr33 said
ohhh nice! I am slightly jealous i must say as those violins are beautiful. I bought a GCV bourree and I love it very much. I look forward to hearing about your 909! :D  

I'm very very impressed with the GCV violins, and in my opinion, Fiddlerman made an excellent business decision to carry their violins.  Their soloist easily destroys my 90 year old German trade violin that I paid over a grand more than what the soloist sells for.

It seems Fiddlerman really likes the GCV Bouree so much that he compares it favorably to his personal benchmade that he paid 10x the price for.

As luck would have it, I injured my hand last weekend, and it may take a while to heal.  Hopefully, by the time my new violin arrives, I hope the pain will subside enough where I can at least get a few practice reps in.

Don't worry, I plan on doing a thorough review in comparison to my current violin. :D

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Hello and welcome and congrats.   I am jealous in a good way.   :) Will be lovely to hear it.  Hope your hand is better.  Your goals sound amazing.  Congrats!!

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Fiddlerman's video of him playing my violin:

 

Thanks Fiddlerman!! :)

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@ Bunkei - I would have easily and happily played Bach Air but I did not see either of your messages before doing the sample. We were so extremely swamped with orders, emails, messages.... that we prioritized shipping products yesterday.

I'm so sorry about that. It would simplify my job if customers would make note of what they would like to hear. I wouldn't have to try to come up with new ideas all the time. LOL

Hope this was OK. Also, as a side note, I was impressed with this MJZ :) Could have played on it for hours if it were not for all the orders we needed to process. Hope you love it as much as I did.

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I know it's wrong to be envious, but man....

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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*stands up*  Bravo Bravo!!!!

Wait, is that an MP3 player I see in the F hole of that violin!!!   ;)

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

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@ Bunkei - I would have easily and happily played Bach Air but I did not see either of your messages before doing the sample. We were so extremely swamped with orders, emails, messages.... that we prioritized shipping products yesterday.
I'm so sorry about that. It would simplify my job if customers would make note of what they would like to hear. I wouldn't have to try to come up with new ideas all the time. LOL
Hope this was OK. Also, as a side note, I was impressed with this MJZ :) Could have played on it for hours if it were not for all the orders we needed to process. Hope you love it as much as I did.

Oh it's quite alright.  I didn't think of the Bach piece until after I ordered the violin, so that's on me. lol  A friend of mine is going to record the piano accompaniment today, so I'll have my very first duet on my MJZ.  I couldn't think of a better piece to show off the wonderful tone.

Thank you for making somewhat of an extended video for me as I really do appreciate it.  There's some debate about how much you can evaluate a violin when it's not heard in person but I can tell that this violin definitely has a dark, powerful timbre as one would expect from a Del Gesu pattern.  I can't stress enough how wonderful it is to get a benchmade violin of such tone and workmanship at an award winning workshop that's actually affordable.  I know from experience that just 15 years ago, this was simply not the case.

I'm glad business is booming, and it's not hard to see why.  I also do podcasts on the side and will definitely recommend Fiddlershop exclusively going forward.

 

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Oh i'm so jealous of your new violin purchase and can't wait to hear you play it.  I wish i could afford a new violin as beautiful as this.  Maybe one day!  

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@mischa91 Thanks!! :)

I got the violin today.  I'll write more detailed impressions in the near future, but I can say that I absolutely love the fit and finish.  Workmanship is impressive and couldn't find anything really to complain about.

Now on to the big question .. HOW DOES IT SOUND?

One word: powerful.  I thought my current German fiddle had a big bottom end, but the MJZ tops it.  Where it really struts its stuff is that the A string on the MJZ is much sweeter than my german violin.  The E really sings!!  It doesn't lose anything as you go up the register...

The response and sustain is leagues above anything I've played.  I don't need to dig into it to get volume nor does it require much effort to sustain the volume.

More to come (hand is hurting again .. lol)

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:) I knew that you were going to love it.
Thanks for the review.

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but the one who needs the least."

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@Bunkei  I agree with GCV being a very good brand. I absolutely love mine! :D But i just watched the video for you and WOW thats awesome! Someday i might upgrade to a bench made violin like the MJZ! 

 

I hope your hand gets better soon and i look forward to seeing more from your MJZ

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@Bunkei

Congratulations.  I can tell you are loving it.  How exciting...

The best of days are when violins arrive. 

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Update #2: I got the strings in the mail today (Thanks again Fiddlershop for the fast shipping!!).  Today, I finally conquered my fear of changing strings because I broke one (that struck me in the face) when I attempted to change the 'A' string on my first viola when I was 13 and vowed never to change strings ever again.  This time, I simply went to Youtube and followed the directions and BAM!! All done .. and on BOTH of my violins.  

So just in case you didn't catch what I posted in the other thread.  I decided to switch out the Dominants on my MJZ for the Zyex strings that Fiddlerman recommends.  I'll get to that in a bit ..  I also ordered a set of D'Addario Pro Arte for my german fiddle based on the positive reviews I've read on the net.  

Let's start with the German fiddle .. WOWOW!!  I never knew strings could make such a huge difference in the sound of a violin.  My german fiddle is very loud, and combine that with the bright sound you get from the dominants, it was just too much.  Not to mention that I've been neglectful and haven't changed the strings in at least 2 years (also Dominants).  Now the violin has a more resonant, mellow sound.  Playing on the 'A' string doesn't make me grit my teeth.  Shame on me not changing the strings on it sooner, as half of them were in very very poor condition.  This was definitely a better fit for the violin, and I couldn't be happier.  Still, it doesn't hold a candle to the MJZ.  The MJZ is more powerful and the tone is more open (even though it's hardly close to being 'played in').  I suspect the gap to widen further as the MJZ opens up.

Now for the Zyex on the MJZ .. Very nice, and I love the response on the strings.  Also the tone of the violin is more complex and it seems easier to change dynamics (soft to loud or vice versa).  I definitely hear the difference, but I expect it to be very noticeable is in the weeks to come as the strings get played in.

All in all, I couldn't be happier with my purchase, and I definitely plan on posting updates as the MJZ's sound matures.  I can't wait!! :)

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Congratulations, @Bunkei.  A beautiful sounding instrument!

 

And a compliment to @Fiddlerman on the 'hear before you buy' videos.  What a cool feature to include with the shop. 

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All great news. Very happy to hear about your Zyex strings Bunkei. You will discover that not only the new strings will affect your instrument but playing on it will open it up more and more.
I had one customer with a MJZ909 visit us for a string change about a month ago. He bought his about 7 months ago and I was amazed at how much it had grown in 6 months. Sometimes I play on them for a while and they just get better and better. :)
Some day, I hope you try Larsen. :) My new "go to" strings for the best instruments.

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Update #3: Hand is getting better ... still sore, but I can play for a bit without much discomfort (except playing in the higher positions).

The spending spree continues on the MJZ as I just bought a tonerite to help accelerate the "play-in" process to fully develop its tone.  The accompanying instructions recommend to leave the device on the violin for about 72 hours initially.  I'm on my 27th hour and I'm DYING to play the instrument.  I still have my german violin, but it's just not the same... I must .. must ... must .. not give in ;)

I'm making good progress on learning Bach's Air ..  I really like Anne Meyers' version, playing on perhaps the most expensive violin on the planet.  It is the Ex-Vieutemps Guernari Del Gesu.  What makes this violin so valuable?  Despite closing in on being 300 years old, somehow, it does not have a single crack in it.  Wow.  Rumor has it that it's worth somewhere north of $18 million.  To top it off, Mrs. Meyers will be able to use it for the rest of her life.  Check it out:

 

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