I guess this is the intro section so hello!! I have had a love affair with the violin for about 10 years and even bought one (well...a violin shaped object, apparently) and learned a bit and then shelved it whilst going through undergrad/grad school. Now I'm getting serious about learning and it has been just the best thing ever for me. I work in a fast paced pediatric cardiac ICU and having a way to decompress (even if I screech occasionally) has been awesome! I just started taking lessons about 6 weeks ago and can tell SUCH a difference! I've been reading the forum for quite some time so I thought I'd join in the fun
I do have a question....I am looking to buy a new instrument. I went to the shop in my area and found one right at the top of my price range (I am wanting to keep it $500-$900) and am feeling really confused about what I should get. I've been looking at the fiddlerman master outfit (it sounds awesome on the video but then I think Pierre can make anything sound awesome).... I am going to play and I really want an instrument that makes a pretty sound ...any tips in searching for and buying are greatly appreciated!!
Dont go to a chain store.
Try a bunch of different ones. If you feel like you are imposing on the sales people then dont buy from that shop. Good stores make you feel comfortable asking questions and trying multitudes of instruments.
Fiddlerman garauntees his products, if you dont like it send it back. I would feel comfortable buying with him. Shootem a call and find out for yourself.
I have two Fiddlerman violins now, and have been very pleased with them, from the communication early on about how the setup will be best for me, to the delivery in the mail (christmas in july!), and very good followup. Also as mentioned above, if not happy with it, you can definitely talk to them and return if needed. I live far away so not sure how big his actual store is, but it feels very homey and personalized from dealing with them there.
Also in terms of how the instrument sounds when Fiddlerman plays them versus us newbies: a pretty good violin in our hands will still be much easier and more pleasing to play than the bottom rung of the ladder, I stepped up a notch after a few months also and it made learning a bit richer and gave me more to target with my technique. Good luck in evaluating your choices!
I emailed them and they were super quick to get back to me. They recommended I try the Master and Soloist (although the Soloist is a little out of my price range)...I am thinking the master will likely be something I enjoy. I may take it to one of my lessons and get my instructor to look it over with me for good measure. The shop I have been working with is great- their selection is just pretty limited for my price range (trying it keep it under 1K...my husband would say we are trying to keep it lower than that..haha).
Will let you know what I go with:) I turn 30 this month so its my big 3-0 birthday present! whooo hoo!
Welcome! And I look forward to hearing what you go for I'm confident your teacher will be impressed with what you bring to them My teacher loves the violins I've gotten from Fiddlershop, and has made sure to play my fiddles for other students looking for upgrades.
World's Okayest Fiddler
Hello and welcome.
I hope you enjoy that Master violin. I have two Fiddlerman violins. I love them.
Happy big 30 and I am so thrilled that you are playing, taking lessons and joined the forum.
Welcome and nice to meet you.
Hope to see pics of your new treasure.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato