Can give me your opinion on this violin's quality and recommended price? Could you also give opinio
Hi all! So this is my first post on violinist.com and I just wanted a second opinion on how my new violin sounds based on this video of my teacher showing me his interpretation of Seitz's Concerto No. 2 3rd Movement?
It is a definite step-up from my previous violin, which I don't really like the sound of, the previous one sounded shallow and not full or rounded. I'll also have you know that the new violin is very new, probably final varnishing processes finished a month ago so it may not have it's final potential yet due to "breaking-in" or "playing-in".
Could you also give me your opinions on its quality, and recommended price based on these photos and how it sounds?
Looks like a new Chinese factory violin with obviously fake Chinese Dominant strings, the first thing you need to do is have those strings replaced, then get a luthier to check the bridge, pegs and soundpost as these are usually not set up properly.
Lyndon - Yea I was thinking of getting it a set-up but it is really hard to do so here in the Philippines as we have only trained luthier here, Angel Gabute. How much would you think a set-up would cost based on what you said? Additionally, how much do you think this violin is priced at? Also, according to the seller, these are actually handmade by people in Guangzhou, China.
I'm gonna put in my Two Cents...
"handmade" in a factory working for $1/hr, not exactly skilled luthiers.
Fox Mitchell - Thank you for the response! Sorry hehe as this was only recorded on my phone. I was also recently looking for strings around local shops but they aren't really violin dedicated and I saw a set of Evah Pirazzi's selling for almost $200! So I am bit lost now, I could order online but shipping fees can get really expensive. I'll still continue my search for reasonably priced strings, but what do you think about getting a set up from an unprofessionally trained luthier?
Go with the Tonicas : an excellent string and MUCH cheaper than Dominants. They last longer too.
1 USD/hr? Yes but what does that buy in China?
Don't put Evah Pirazzi on that violin! ...I mean, it's your money and all but I don't think it's worth it, specially if one can't be sure the violin is properly set up! Heck I have good violins and I don't use Evahs on them. ;)
Fox Mitchell - Thank you so much for your help!! Of course I wouldn't put Evah Pirazzi's on this violin considering their gonna cost me $200 when a set of Evahs are like $70 (I think)! It would be great though to have lots of money to fund this expensive hobby haha!
I think Tonikas may be to bright for this violin, altough I agree those are good standard strings.
Everything is going to sound "too bright for this violin" when recorded on a cell phone.
Cpompare it to the recording played. I know cellphone recordings are always overly bright.
This sounds like a decent student violin, though the tight vibrato is likely the player's fault.