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Today, two days after my 78th birthday, I wanted to report on the Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow after 30 days using it. I had called the shop because I had some concerns with the way it tightened and loosened, and was told by Pierre that if I needed to send it back I could---that I would be made happy. I soon got it working smoothly and I just love the thing. I'll never own a $500 bow to compare it with, of course, but it is a wonderful bow for me. I'm a self-teaching student who played drums professionally as a teen with a well-known Western Swing Band and who fooled around with trumpet in Beginner's Band and never really understood music. Now I want to add a question after a short preamble.
Both Allison Sparrow and Pierre Holstein have given good reviews to the Cecillio CVN 700 violin. I started with a CVN 400 and still try to play it, and at my skill level there would never be much point in a really expensive violin, even a $750 violin, but the reviews and the sound for the 700 were so good I might move up that that violin. Do any of you here have an informed opinion?
Tex (aka Kokomo Bob Snort)
I started with the mendini 300, which as I understand it is about as low as you can get in Cecilio/mendini lines and still have a playable instrument. I loved it so much that after 6 months I started looking for an upgrade. I decided I would save up for a Fiddlerman Concert violin. I was browsing around Amazon and came across an open box CVN-700 for $200. I also watched Alison and Pierre's reviews and decided I'd be crazy not to grab it. It's a beautiful violin and I absolutely love it. However, if I hadn't found that deal and I had $500 to spend I would have picked the Fiddlerman. I felt confident with Amazon's return policy that it was worth taking a risk ordering the CVN-700 even though Cecilio reviews are mixed. My violin is great, but Fiddlerman violins are tested and adjusted before being sent out so you know you are getting a great instrument.
If the price I see is average ($499+) I would recommend going for the FM concert Violin. The FM violins already have all the tweaking done when it comes. I don't have a lot of experience, but my violin teacher was impressed with it, and compared it to the Eastman violins that music shop rents (which I was curious about the price, so I took a look and they run around $1,200).
unless you find that violin cheaper like the previous poster did, I would recommend (going off how much my teacher liked my concert violin, and how much I as a beginner love it) going for a Fiddlerman tested and approved one.
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