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NathanG07
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What are you guys' views on purchasing a violin online without playing it before? My teacher really wants me to play a bit on the violin I eventually decide with a bit before purchasing a new one. I am 100% sure I want to get a Fiddlerman, but I don't live in Florida so I can't go and try one out. Does anyone have some suggestions? I don't want to end up getting one from my music store when I know Fiddlershop violins are better.

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@Fiddlerman will send you a violin of your choice to try out before you buy it.  Ask him about the details!!!  He is awesome!!!!

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@Fiddlerman will send you a violin of your choice to try out before you buy it.  Ask him about the details!!!  He is awesome!!!!

  

I talked with the customer support this morning about it and they said they only send out instruments for trial if it is a $1000+ instrument.

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Oh, ok..

I didn't know how they do this... Yeah, if you are looking at an instrument that is less than $1000 they probably are not going to do the necessary insurance on a trial basis.

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Hi @NathanG07 Welcome to the forum!

Another option would be to pick what you might be interested in and ask the Fiddlerman to make a video playing it (them). He does this all the time.

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If youre 100% sold on fiddlerman then id say pull the trigger on that purchase.  That pretty much says youve already decided.  For what its worth,  I had no problems with my order at all.  Pretty smooth order and delivery.  You will need to be there to sign for it in case thats anything you need to plan for.  Which model are you looking at?

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GregW said
If youre 100% sold on fiddlerman then id say pull the trigger on that purchase.  That pretty much says youve already decided.  For what its worth,  I had no problems with my order at all.  Pretty smooth order and delivery.  You will need to be there to sign for it in case thats anything you need to plan for.  Which model are you looking at?

  

I would agree on this... especially if you are not looking at a particularly high-end instrument.  Violins at less than $1000 are not big ticket items in the world of string instruments (no reflection on Fiddlerman's quality at all).  It's just that you are looking at the lesser expensive end of instruments and if that is your price range right now, you really are not risking a whole lot just making the purchase, especially since you are sold on the product.

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Do you have a loaner currently or is it something you only have access to at lessons? Or do you have nothing at all available?

If you do have a loaner (that's what I'm understanding) then I agree with your instructor. Being able to play without sinking money into an instrument is an enviable position to be in as a beginner. Some of us wish we had that opportunity.

I can understand the temptation to have one to call your own now but you'll better to judge what you want in a violin as you gain experience. This also give you time to continue to put money aside.

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Amateur said
Do you have a loaner currently or is it something you only have access to at lessons? Or do you have nothing at all available?

If you do have a loaner (that's what I'm understanding) then I agree with your instructor. Being able to play without sinking money into an instrument is an enviable position to be in as a beginner. Some of us wish we had that opportunity.

I can understand the temptation to have one to call your own now but you'll better to judge what you want in a violin as you gain experience. This also give you time to continue to put money aside.

  

I've played the violin for years. This is just my first time really purchasing one on my own. Before now, I didn't really care about the instrument and I had gone through a couple of the lesser quality instruments my local music store had. After playing for a longer time, I want to have something I can perform with, without having to worry about the violin not being dependable. I understand what I like in a violin and think Fiddlerman is the way to go.

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NathonGo7 

I've purchased 3 instruments on line neither of which came from Fiddlershop the first 2 I bought before I knew there was a fiddlershop the third I purchased for a reason related to buying violins on line.

The first of the three was a way low end instrument that in the end I decided I would part ways with though knowing what I know today had I have purchased better strings for it I would have likely thought better of the instrument,instead I purchased an instrument made in America that promised professional set and I bought into that to find out they certainly did not pay much attention to the tuning pegs.

Also the American made instrument was the violin only so I had to purchase a case for it and latter I found fiddlershop and purchased new strings for this instrument and a new bow.

This last online buy was suppose to be a project but as it turns out it was luckiest case of dumb luck I've ran across in some time an honest seller though I just ordered my second fiddlerman carbon fiber bow and some new strings for this one when the seller stated it was professionally set up it certainly was just that including the tuning pegs which are smooth turning no pops or creeks.

My point here is why do what I did when Fiddlershop has already put together packages with cases bows,and strings that work best as far as sound with each of their models,and they have in shop luthiers who take care of any adjustments needed before they send that instrument out.

Even in fear of sounding like I'm ego stroking or working for Fiddlershop I have to say that of the few reputable sources hands down they are not only professional but personal and care about their customers and Fiddlerman loves music and I believe he wants everyone to enjoy their experience so I don't think you can go wrong there.        

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Fiddlerman
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July 16, 2019 - 10:26 am
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Thanks everyone 🙂

Whether buying online or from a local store, playing it before you ultimately decide is optimal. This is why we offer a 45 day satisfaction warranty.

Unfortunately we don't do in-home trials with outfits costing under $1000.

We get our stuff directly from the makers, work with the makers, make changes and improvements here at the shop and test the instruments before shipping. Thankfully our return rate is exceptionally low which is an indication that we are doing something right. I really appreciate all the support that you guys give us.

Thanks again!!!!!

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