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Questions about Ming Jiang Zhu violins
I'm hoping to hear from some MJZ owners or people who have heard them.
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cunparis
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November 15, 2014 - 4:40 pm
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I'm interested in a MJZ violin and I have a few questions, mostly from not being able to try them out in person. I'm hoping some people who have purchased them will share their thoughts and experiences.

My first question is between the 907 & 909 models.  From what I understand the difference is the back wood origin, 907 has Chinese maple and 909 has European.  Does it really make a difference?  The price is quite a bit more for the 909.  If the 909 is higher quality overall then I can understand more the difference.  If they're exactly the same but just different wood origin then I'm wondering.

My next question is between Guarneri or Strad.  I haven't heard any comparisons so it's hard to choose.  Would one be quieter/louder than the other?  I've heard in general Guarneri is darker than a Strad, but I'm not sure how that applies to modern violins modeled after the originals.

If you've purchased one or played one, please let me know what you think.  I can't recall reading anything bad about them, it seems they're very well liked.

Thanks

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November 15, 2014 - 6:29 pm
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I haven't heard much difference, if any, between the 907 and 909 models but the European wood is definitely better. I think when it comes to quality materials, you need to think long term. All these instruments get better with age and I've experienced it a number of time. I'm not talking about 100 years down the road but already a big difference after say 3 months. Continues to grow during the year and with less noticeable difference gets better and better forever. That being said, they sound damn nice to begin with.
As far as Strad and Guarneri comparisons, I would agree that the Guarneri model is darker sounding. And yes even the copies. The templates are slightly different. Graduations are not exactly the same. :) It's more a tendency though. There are exceptions.

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Fiddlerman said
As far as Strad and Guarneri comparisons, I would agree that the Guarneri model is darker sounding. And yes even the copies. The templates are slightly different. Graduations are not exactly the same. :) It's more a tendency though. There are exceptions.

Would one of them be louder than the other?  Project more/less?  If there a model you recommend?  It seems the strad model is more popular judging from your videos.

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November 16, 2014 - 10:04 am
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If you decide to purchase your MJZ from us, let us know when the time is right and I'll test the ones that are in stock. :) Sometimes the Strad projects more and sometimes the Guarneri projects more. I'd say honestly that the differences are very slight while the differences from one particular violin to another differs more. Even if two violins are built by the same maker at the same time using the same wood from the same tree, the violin will have it's own character. Though they are consistently great, I have yet to witness exact same results from a batch of MJZ's.

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If you decide to purchase your MJZ from us, let us know when the time is right and I'll test the ones that are in stock. :) Sometimes the Strad projects more and sometimes the Guarneri projects more. I'd say honestly that the differences are very slight while the differences from one particular violin to another differs more. Even if two violins are built by the same maker at the same time using the same wood from the same tree, the violin will have it's own character. Though they are consistently great, I have yet to witness exact same results from a batch of MJZ's.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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November 21, 2014 - 2:37 pm
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Thanks for the info.  At this point I'm in the "dreaming" stage.  If I get a MJZ I will probably wait until we visit the US so that I can bring it back without worrying about import duties.

In the mean time I test some violins locally to see if i find something in my budget.

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