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Please help me choose my upgrade!
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June 27, 2020 - 3:25 pm
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Hi all.  I've been playing my old student violin for a few years now. It's one of those inexpensive German instruments from the early 80's.*  I've waited several years to decide to upgrade, partly to save up the money but mostly because it feels wrong to spend so much money on an instrument when I'm not particularly talented!

I mostly play Irish fiddle and a little bluegrass, but I still have some sheet music of classical pieces arranged for students that I like to play as well.  

I've narrowed my choices down to the Fiddlerman Master or Soloist, or the Holstein (traditional) Panette, but am open to anything between ~ $600 and $1500.  I had intended to set up appts at some violin shops, but most of them are a long drive from my home and with a pandemic on, I thought I'd try buying online.  

I'd appreciate any advice!


*Okay, I peeked at the label: it's a 1982 Seidel.  Anyway, it rattles and buzzes despite I've had it restrung etc.  It sounds decent on the g and d strings, and even sounds nice on f# and g but...

June 27, 2020 - 3:35 pm
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I can’t help with the choice, but I assure you, when you contact the Fiddlershop, you will get excellent service. The instrument will be set up perfectly when it arrives, you will also get a test video for approval. I would call the Fiddlershop and speak to them personally about what you want. I do not know how late they are open today, but if they are closed, try again another day. It will be well worth it. I purchased the Concert Deluxe and was thrilled with service and the instrument.

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June 27, 2020 - 5:48 pm
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thanks for your reply!  I did try contacting Fiddlerman through their website, but I didn't hear back and I think I must have done something wrong.  I'll contact again on Monday and hope for a response! 

June 27, 2020 - 6:06 pm
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did you submit a question via the site or start a chat session? the chat session would be better. better yet would be calling them directly. 


please excuse the lack of capital letters. the new iOS is popping capitals in every time you move the cursor and insert a word into the middle of a sentence or a letter into a word. it also does it, when you change the first letter of a word that is in the middle of a sentence. i turned auto caps off. please, nobody reply about this issue here and destroy the thread. just wanted to apologize for no caps. none is better than too many.

Viola Time! 

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