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@Gordon Shumway Let's be honest, Allison is a kinda negative person in her reviews. Even when she is pro something, she tells you what a piece of crap it is. When a person says they were really surprised they tend to be doubtful before they ever experience the situation, and she likes to constantly remind you that she is used to playing on a violin that cost more than your......entire life. For her to actually give a positive review surprised me, because, well, I was doubtful she would.
It's a given, when Fiddlerman or Michael O'Gieblyn pick up a violin, its going to sound good. Michael demonstrated a Kennedy and it sounded a lot better than it should have, no secret Kennedy is weak.
If I pick up a violin and demonstrate it and it sounds incredible, you need to do 2 things. First, buy that violin, I had nothing to do with it sounding incredible. Second, call an exorcist, just in case I'm possessed by a demon that loves music, because that's what friends do for each other.
I can’t see the need or the goal to find it necessary to denigrate a Fiddlerman Violin because it lacks the model/type of chin rest of her “antique.” And to say nothing about the matter in her other reviews (which appear to feature the same or very similar accessory).
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Gordon Shumway said
Problem is, with that microphone placement and all the compression that has been applied, you can't really marry what she says to the sound you're hearing, you just have to take her word for it.
I’m glad someone else agrees with me! I think her new "professional microphone setup" is awful-sounding. It sounds to me like playing with a mute on and then turning the volume way up. I honestly find it impossible to tell a thing about her audio clips anymore, because they simply don’t sound like any real-world violins I've ever heard, live or recorded. I finally suggested on one of those videos that she might want to modify her setup; she basically responded by telling me that I didn’t know what I was talking about. Maybe, but Pierre's and Michael's recordings of those same models at least sound like real violins; hers don't.