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Fiddlerman Master Violin vs Yamaha V5
Trying to decide if the Fiddlerman Master is right for me.
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Bender_meemoo
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April 3, 2019 - 8:40 pm
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Hi,

 

New to the forums and just starting to learn the violin. I have a used Yamaha V5 from 2007 that was gifted to me. I took it to a luthier and had it set up, not much was needed though. I love my Yamaha but I want something with a darker tone and warmer tone.

I have been looking at the Fiddlerman Master Violin. It is a Guarneri copy with a one-piece back. The tailpiece is not a Wittner (nothing wrong with them but I do not use the  G-D-A fine tuners and would rather something wood for better sound). Most of the violins that I have heard that I really like the sound are Guarneri copies. I think it would be a good violin to grow into.

Just looking for thoughts from people who have been playing longer and might have played both violins.

P.S. Violin is not my first instrument but in 6 months has become the most beloved instrument I have played and I have been playing guitar on and off for almost 30 years.

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Beender_meen,

I personally have never played a Yamaha V5 or a Fiddlerman Master violin but I have heard very good things about the Fiddlerman Master violin, and I'm sure if you request a different tail piece they would be happy to swap them out. 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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Hello Beender_meen and welcome to the forum. 

I bought from fiddlershop and all went well.  I requested the ebony tailpiece with 4 fine tuners.  They suggested I get the composit tailpiece because the wood tailpiece doesnt work as well with the additional fine tuners but I had my mind set on ebony so thats what was installed.  After using the ebony Ill say I agree with them not working that well with my strings..really got them for helicore in case I went that way in the future though.  None of that has been an issue though since the pegs work so well and it holds tuning anyway.  Just saying you might think about the composit tailpiece and maybe talk it over with them and get more input.  Im very happy with my purchase by the way.  Glad I bought from them.

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I think I need to clarify, I do not use the fine tuners on my Yamaha except on the E string. I do not want a composite Wittner tailpiece.

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Yeah I read that wrong..  Doing that more and more. lumpy-2134

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Hi, Bender_meemoo, glad you found this forum, sorry to hear that you're hooked on violinroflol

Sounds like you're on the right track for finding an acoustic violin with a warmer tone and have a pretty clear idea how you want it set up.

In your quest for "warmer", I suggest you plan some budget for the best bow you can... and plan some time for testing those bows on the actual acoustic violin you finally choose (visiting shops or taking advantage of Fiddlershop's in-home trial policy.)

 
 
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I ended up pulling the trigger on the Fiddelrman Master Violin. @boccaholly after playing it for a few months and getting it to settle in and open up, I will be going to look for a bow.

It is a terrible habit to get hooked on but I believe I am into deep now. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Fiddlerman
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April 5, 2019 - 10:53 am
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Welcome to the forum Bender 🙂
Thank you so much for your business. We look forward to satisfying you.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said
Welcome to the forum Bender 🙂
Thank you so much for your business. We look forward to satisfying you.  

I spoke to Clare online and she was very helpful. I was nervous about getting a violin online but after talking to her and asking some questions she made me feel better about, not by convincing me but he great attitude and willingness to answer questions.

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Nice to hear. Thanks for your confidence in us as well.

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but the one who needs the least."

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