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Investing for Improvement in Sound and Playing
I wonder if spending some money will 'capitalize' on my skills and 'buy me' better sound?
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January 18, 2021 - 5:04 pm
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I’m an eager self-taught 'intermediate' fiddler with a $400 fiddle.


QUESTION: If I had $1000 to spend, what would the most likely best investment of this money to enjoy playing more and sound better? Better fiddle? Face to face lessons? Strings? Earplugs for wife?

Exact prices not necessary--just price ranges.



January 18, 2021 - 5:26 pm
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welcome to the forum.

To answer your question,, in my opinion for what its worth, the best way to sound better is practice more. There is a video of fiddlerman trying out a 100 dollar fiddle and he makes it sound like it cost about five grand. 

As you are an intermedaite player you may appreciate a more expensive and better made instrument, but to sound better you have to play better, a more expensive instrument may be easier to play, fiddlerman himself sells some good stuff if you are in the states, I am in the UK my violin is hungarian. I had a stentor before this one, that was a good violin and  cost about 180 quid, I enjoyed playing that as much as the one I have now, my problem is not enjoying playing its trying ro stop myself practicing😀😀 I am a very beginner by the way been only playing a couple of years

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January 28, 2021 - 2:57 pm
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Other than our own brands I highly recommend the MJZ violins and in your case you would need to look at the MJZ903. It's a bit higher priced than you mentioned but it sounds like a violin costing twice the price and so is the MJZ905.
You can never go wrong with a Fiddlerman or Holstein violin but make sure to ask us for a video approval to see that you like the sound.

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