Gliga Gama vs Eastman Young Master
I've been planning to buy a violin for a while now and it has come down to either a Gliga Gama or an Eastman Young master
If you have heard either of these then tell me what you think of it and if one of them is "better"
I don't know much about the Eastman Young master, but I suspect they are both going to be acceptable quality for their price.
Thanks for your response,
Agree that Gligas are darker, but Eastmans have a well-rounded sound, too. They're not overly brilliant, and are, in fact, quite mellow tonally.
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I have tried multiple Gligas at the NAMM trade show (early, so I could hear myself). I don't recall which models, but they were tip of the line. I was very unimpressed. Eastman's, even their premium line (above your price range, I think ) are factory made, and usually varnished/setup in the USA. I preferred the Eastmans by a wide margin. I would recommend trying a few different violins (not necessarily Eastman) from a dealer that would ship 1 -2 for trial, if you aren't near a local dealer. IMHO, well worth the cost of shipping back a few times to find the one you like. Also, likely more bang for the buck if you buy older violins versus new factory. Isn't there the equivalent of a Shar where you are?
I tried several Gligas and found them to be dark with little complexity. I once heard a video demonstration of a Gliga, and it sounded pretty good. Maybe the higher-end models will sound nicer because they have more complexity, but I'd say I'm not a huge Gliga fan. Overall, I have found Eastmans to be quite nice.
I tried 3 gliga's a while back and they were the ones around 1-2k. I'm no expert, but I personally hated all of them. They sounded just like my cheapo $300 dollar student violin I had at the time. Very metallic sounding and the timbre was not even across the strings. Could have just been a bad batch, but that was my experience.
I own a Gliga Gama, and here is my two cents.
Where on the scale of 1 - 10 would you put the Eastmans? 1 being dark, 10 being bright and 5 being neutral?
Martin I'll need some time to look them up but remember that certain setups change the sound. Ebony darker sound, less distance to the tailpiece darker etc
Those rules sometimes apply, sometimes fail badly.
I know that small changes can make a big difference, I'm just asking for your experience.
I would say that topics like this are extremely controversial because each player's expectations and preferences for sound are different. Plus, every violin is unique.
Sorry for the delayed reply - I'm pretty inactive on the weekends.
also look for unknown makers :)) , there are a lot of jewels out there , good luck
OK i just listened to the eastman young master , its bad , honestly really bad for that price , my Sandner Cv-6 sounded better when i first started .
I have to disagree with Ahmed, unfortunately, but this is a controversial discussion, anyway. I have had very good experiences with Eastmans in general (never tried/heard of Young Master before other than from this thread), but Ahmed may have just come across a bad violin. I will accept your opinion because
In this price range I think a decent antique Stradivari made in Germany would be a better sounding instrument.
I would go for an old saxony too.
At my shop, about $1500, but my prices are fairly low.
I've never tried an Eastman, but I have both a Gliga violin and viola. We have a small Gliga shop nearby so each time I was able to try a lot of instruments and pick the one I liked best. I couldn't imagine buying an instrument sight unseen.