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I have purchased accessories from Fiddlershop through Amazon. Talked to Pierre and Michael by phone about bows and YEV104 a while back. Long time forum and YouTube watcher first time poster. Long story short, My daughter is ready for a 4/4 violin. Shopped a little at local luthiers shop, haven't "trialed" anything yet. Trial testing violins is our next step. Knowing this day was coming, I active listened to most fiddlershop youtube videos and kind of like the whole Fiddlerman method.
The violins I feel most attracted to are, all the Holstein Benchmades, partial to Panette, David, and the Zhu G909. Truthfully, even with headphones on YouTube, I cant tell much difference between the DG benchmades and Zhu G925 and G909. My ear is just not that good. What I like most about these violins is the dark tone, the balance sluring from low to high, the clicky clarity in 3rd position on E, and TONE TONE TONE. I wish I could say something more descriptive than tone but that is the best way I can describe it... I cant describe the taste of wine very well either.
To further complicate things, I like the NEW Leduc, Guadagdnini and others in the Benchmade lineup. I have been waiting for some detailed descritions of the new models but nothing has posted online. Can anyone help me to understand better the differences with the new models. and how much sound and construction difference is there between the Zhu 909 and Holstein Benchmades? Thanks in advance for your opinions and help. I will be calling Michael next.
Welcome long-time-lurker @wjtouchton !!! Nice to have you aboard !
I can't help with your question - I too find it difficult to really "hear" the differences - yes - I can hear them - some are quite subtle - some are very different - and yes it comes down to personal taste.
I'm only 3-years-in-to-playing but already have 4 violins ( well, to me they are fiddles, because of the style and genres I prefer ). My best is the FM Concert, the others are just "passing oddities" ( one is an EV ) - but they all have their place.
I am in a similar situation - I am looking to upgrade from my FM Concert to an MJZ 905 - and although you can listen and listen and listen to different members of the same "family" of instruments - I really believe that until you have the instrument in your hands and under your ear, making a decision is really difficult.
I have dealt with Mike and Pierre over the last few years, and although impossible for me to actually BE there to hold and play the instruments - their words, description and general feedback on questions I have had, have always helped me make my final decision, with no "sales pressure" whatsoever....
Yup, talk to them ! You won't go wrong !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Maggini arrived today, boxed with a Holstein bow and t-shirt. Love the swag.
The violin has an amazing tone. Hailey played a couple hours today, first thing she said is wow its loud. Her 3/4 Sandner violin rings great, but she is constantly pressing it to the limit to get the tone. The Maggini is a power house and has amazing tone and it sustains a ring forever. I cant wait to see what happens after a few more hours playing tomorrow.