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Well got home from a short work day as I knew the new violin was coming in today.
I ordered this violin as a stripped down model one fine tuner on the E string,and decided to go ahead and put my own perlon strings on when it arrived if I didn't like what I heard from the steel core strings that is.
I opened the box to a surprise that well I'm glad knowing what I know now I had read somewhere I'm not sure if it was on this forum or elsewhere that darker colored violins produce a darker warmer tone(I don't know if this is a fact or not I'll get to that in a minute) at any rate the violin is quite a bit darker than it looked in the photo's,so keep that in mind if your looking to buy a Gliga I'm not unhappy at all though.
This instrument traveled from California to Indiana with no problems the bridge was standing and considering that Gliga says they set these up before they ship them I proceeded to tune it with the steel core strings it took some doing but hey new strings right?
After tuning I was waiting to hear the God awful sound to be expected from steel core strings well that sound did not come?
I'm thinking there must be something wrong I'm getting the warm balanced tone that I wasn't getting out of my Mendini MV-400 that I immediately changed out the steel core strings with perlons not more than 4 days after I got it?
So seeing I've only had the Gems 2 for a few hours the best I can say is it sounds far more pleasing to my ears than my MV-400,so whats the difference?
I think three things come in here the warm tone (I'm not so sure its because its finished in a darker color)but I'm sure the antiqued oil finish has more to do with the tone better wood and it was set up before it was sent out.
So what you order is what you get I'm happy with what I got it looks as good as it sounds so I feel I finally purchased a real violin.
I almost got a Gliga but I read several reports of people saying they were very quiet. One person said it sounded like a violin sounds with a mute on it. So I went with a Chinese violin. Now I find my violin is a bit too loud for my left ear and I'm wondering if a quiet Gliga would have been a good thing after all.
Can you comment on the volume? for those who play in sessions they always want it loud but I just play at home for fun.
Also post a photo if you can.
As far as I know, the violin's varnish color isn't directly related to the violin's sound tone in a way that can be easily measured, as there are way too many variables in violin construction.
There may be a loose correlation between dark-sounding violins and dark varnish: darker varnishes were popular among German violins, which also tend to be very dark (in my opinion, often too dark) in tone. Roth violins are high quality, stereotypical examples of this dark-sounding tendency, but don't necessarily have a dark varnish.
Cunparis to answer your question as best I can this instrument came with steel core strings and I've not replaced them as I did with my (what I assume to be a Chinese violin called a Mendini) I'm pleased with the projection from the steel core on the Gliga Gems 2,this tells me it was set up properly before it was shipped the tone is mellow and warm yet it still projects as loud as my other with a less metallic sound as fiddler man stated as well as others there's a lot of variables in the build of violins.
You might be well off to have a luthier go over your current instrument which was what I did and I was left with the choice of either getting a new instrument or having to forgo playing so with a bit of pot luck I ended up being able to get something different and this is what I got I'm well pleased with the sound so far but it will be interesting to see how it sounds with synthetic core strings,but I'm not going to replace a set of perfectly good strings at this point to satisfy my curiosity.
So when I do change my strings I'll put up post with the results.