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Upgrading a violin
I am upgrading a violin, I need a help :)
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phanuyenmy161
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November 3, 2016 - 1:01 am
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Hi everyone,

Last 2 weeks, I bought a Fiddlerman Concert violin for my sister who played violin for a year. However, she want a violin that she can play further without upgrading in next few years. I am considering 2 violins for her. One is Fiddlerman Soloist and another is Scott Cao 750. They are both beautiful and our favourite. So it is quite hard to make a decision. 

She loves playing sad songs and her taste in violin tone is deep and warm and soft. Can you guys please give me an advice? I a lot appreciate 🙂

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Have you thought about a viola?

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I have similar tastes in tone, and both of those are on my short list for consideration. There's a kicker, though - all of the Scott Caos are copies of various famous violins. So what you hear when you hear an SC750 depends partly on which particular one it is a copy of.

The ones that Fiddlerman has made videos of I tend to like quite well, with one that I wasn't as impressed with. Unfortunately, he doesn't say in the video (or in the text below), which specific violin the one he's playing is modeled after. I don't know whether the difference had more to do with what it was modeled after than the variance in individual violins or not.

On the Soloist, there were two example that I didn't care for so much, with all the others being quite good. Since (as far as I know), those are all the same instrument model and maker, there may be more regularity in what you get.

For my own personal ratings, the SC 750 scored a bit higher than the Soloist. So if someone forced me to make a choice today, between only those two, I'd probably go with the 750. Between the higher score and the lower price, I suspect I'd be happier with that.

However, FM has excellent customer service. If you ask them (him) to, he'll demo the violins he has on hand of whichever one you're most interested in. (Might even do both.) Ask him to identify which model the SC750s are (Cannon, Kreisler, Lord Wilton, Amati, whatever), if you go that route .  (For my sake, if you don't care. 🙂 )

One other recommendation - have your sister listen to the Youtube videos of the demonstrations he's already done. (Get on Youtube and search for "fiddlershop scott cao 750" or "fiddlershop fiddlerman soloist".)  Her opinion of each is going to matter more than either yours or mine.

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November 3, 2016 - 2:05 pm
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Charles said
I have similar tastes in tone, and both of those are on my short list for consideration. There's a kicker, though - all of the Scott Caos are copies of various famous violins. So what you hear when you hear an SC750 depends partly on which particular one it is a copy of.

The ones that Fiddlerman has made videos of I tend to like quite well, with one that I wasn't as impressed with. Unfortunately, he doesn't say in the video (or in the text below), which specific violin the one he's playing is modeled after. I don't know whether the difference had more to do with what it was modeled after than the variance in individual violins or not.

On the Soloist, there were two example that I didn't care for so much, with all the others being quite good. Since (as far as I know), those are all the same instrument model and maker, there may be more regularity in what you get.

For my own personal ratings, the SC 750 scored a bit higher than the Soloist. So if someone forced me to make a choice today, between only those two, I'd probably go with the 750. Between the higher score and the lower price, I suspect I'd be happier with that.

However, FM has excellent customer service. If you ask them (him) to, he'll demo the violins he has on hand of whichever one you're most interested in. (Might even do both.) Ask him to identify which model the SC750s are (Cannon, Kreisler, Lord Wilton, Amati, whatever), if you go that route .  (For my sake, if you don't care. 🙂 )

One other recommendation - have your sister listen to the Youtube videos of the demonstrations he's already done. (Get on Youtube and search for "fiddlershop scott cao 750" or "fiddlershop fiddlerman soloist".)  Her opinion of each is going to matter more than either yours or mine.  

Thank you for your advice. Yes, I pay a bit more attention to SC750 like you. But cannot deny FM SOloist is such a potential violin in future. 

My sister she has done some research online. she saw a violinist play on Jay Haide violin and she said that she couldn't stand falling for Jay Haide violin ( tone as well as its appearance) She told its tone is deep and soft and warm . I do know Jay Haide in range of $2400 violin and it is far of my budget right now. We're international student from Vietnam so pay that amount of money is too much for us even pay for SC750 or FM Soloist also is our years savings. I am just thinking of another way that we might upgrade later. Maybe to a Jay Haide violin. I wonder if Fiddlerman has any offers of Jay Haide in next few years or not. But If he does,I'll definitely buy it from him because I love his service so much 🙂

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November 3, 2016 - 2:06 pm
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I'm biased towards Fiddlerman Violins but the Scott Caos are also great instruments. Should you decide you are interested in the Soloist, I can play a few for you to choose your favorite.
Regardless, we give you a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.
Also, we offer in-home trials.
Call Fiddlershop and ask John or whomever answers the phone about that. 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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November 3, 2016 - 2:55 pm
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MrYikes said
Have you thought about a viola?  

 Hi,I love both and my sister just loves violin. Idk why 🙂

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November 9, 2016 - 7:59 am
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I vote for both.. 😉
Many people are sensitive the high notes on the E string but it's also the charm of the instrument. Able to go so high, higher than most instruments. The viola is dark and charming.
Let's not forget Cello and Contrabass...... etc.....

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but the one who needs the least."

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