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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.
I had purchased an OB1 violin for my daughter in hopes she would learn to play again. She hasn't picked up a violin since high school, 35 years ago. I came down to Florida to help her with her house and decided to get a violin to play along side her. I called fiddlershop to buy the OB1 like she has. Michael suggested I buy the Concert so I reached a little deeper into my pocket and purchased the Concert violin. This violin is all I was told and more. This violin sounds beautiful, looks beautiful and is perfectly set up. The carbon fiber bow has great balance and is a pleasure to use. The I was leery of the tailpiece with the built in tuners until I saw it. The old built in tuners were terrible and hung out in front of the tailpiece. This is perfect with the strings all having the correct length from the bridge to the tailpiece. The strings are fantastic. No buzzing and the G string sounds beautiful as do all the strings. The pegs are smooth as glass and stay where you put them. The finger board has the proper belly and string height is great. The only negative is, now I will need to buy my daughter one. Thank you Michael.
@Kevin M. I purchased the Concert Deluxe a couple months ago. I absolutely love it. It is great fun playing it. The sound is great. I have never regretted this purchase. The Fiddlerman shoulder rest, the bow, the case, the chinrest I selected, everything about it is perfect. If was a rich and/or could play better, I would buy another. Since neither is the case, I am more than happy with my Concert Deluxe. I often just look at it hanging on my wall. I know, that is weird, but I just love it.
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